Christopher Rose Architects believes that giving back to our community is not just an opportunity that we have but a responsibility to our city and neighbors. Working with clients of means allows our office to provide pro bono or low rate services for the less fortunate and needy. Our staff actively participates through our gifts of time and support in the following organizations:

• The Red Cross Heroes for Fire Victims Program - providing housing assistance for families dislocated by fires.
• The City of Charleston Committee for Homeless and Affordable Housing
• CRAN Charleston - providing affordable housing designs for the City of Charleston
• The Preservation Society of Charleston Neighbor Labors Program - providing construction labor for elderly owner occupied homes in historic Charleston.
• Volunteers of America - affordable housing
• Charleston Affordable Housing - affordable housing
• Mental Health Association of SC - affordable housing
• The Housing Authority of Charleston - affordable housing
• Canstruction - providing food assistance


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This was a prototype to house the homeless in Charleston. The program was not only to provide shelter but it was to be assembled using volunteer labor. These units were built for less than $12,000.

These transitional housing units come with social service consulting and have been a successful since 1991, with no residents returning to the homeless shelter.


Sarc Honor Award 1990
South Atlantic Regional Architectural Convention

Juror Comment:
Joseph Esherick, FAIA
“More thought has gone into this little thing than any of the great big monsters we saw. You would hope there would be a lot more like them.”

National Aia Honor Award 1991
Juror Comment:
Robert Venturi, FAIA
“An important urban model that can be replicated in almost any community, this housing project debunks the myth that it is uneconomical to build single family homes.”

At thirty-one I was the youngest recipient of the AIA Honor Award.