Building a better Charleston through design.



A Public Agency

As a division of the City of Charleston Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability, we are the City’s in-house design studio, but we also work to cultivate design excellence in the community and set expectations for the city’s development.


Not Just Drawings

Our broader vision is a Charleston with exceptional city life for all residents. This vision goes beyond aesthetics, and relates directly to economic development, transportation, housing, parks, recreation, and the overall future of Charleston as an equitable, happy and healthy city.


History of Excellence

Design Division is housed in the Civic Design Center at 85 Calhoun Street, which was established by Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. in 2001 to elevate the dialogue on urban design for Charleston in its fourth century.