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Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects announces name change to SMHa and new leadership

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From left to right: Billy Connell, AIA; Margie Longshore, AIA; Jeff Johnston, AIA; Chris Altman, AIA

Local commercial architecture firm Stubbs Muldrow Herin announced it has changed its name to SMHa, along with naming new leadership.

The ownership transition was recently completed with the next generation of SMHa architects now carrying forward the firm’s same guiding principles of customer service, architecture appropriate for its place, and commitment to community.

The new leadership team consists of Margie Longshore, AIA, president; Chris Altman, AIA, vice president; Billy Connell, AIA, vice president; and Jeff Johnston, AIA, vice president.

All four principals have been with SMHa between 15 and 20 years. Founding partners Sam Herin, AIA, NCARB and Charles Muldrow, AIA, NCARB are still with the firm in senior advisory roles.

With this ownership transition, SMHa is now a certified women-owned small business through the City of Charleston and looks forward to continuing its commitment of providing sustainable design for South Carolina’s coastal region.

“Margie, Chris, Billy, and Jeff have been an integral part of the SMHa family for many years. We have full confidence in their leadership and could not be more excited to see this next generation carry the firm forward and the wonderful architecture and design they will continue to bring to this region,” said Herin and Muldrow.

“I am honored to serve as this firm’s president, having worked here since I first graduated from college. SMHa holds a special place for me and for all of us. I could not be more grateful for Sam and Charles’s leadership and friendship and paving the way for the four of us,” said Longshore.

SMHa was founded in 1990 on the heels of Hurricane Hugo’s destruction. Sidney Stubbs, Charles Muldrow, and Sam Herin came together to help rebuild the Lowcountry. SMHa has since developed into an 18-person firm with 15 registered architects, specializing in commercial and municipal architecture, planning, and interiors across Coastal South Carolina

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