Whitney Newman, AIA

Born and raised in rural South Carolina, Whitney has always held a deep appreciation of place and people. At a young age, Whitney discovered the beauty and intrigue of architecture and began a lifelong pursuit of this exciting field. Whitney graduated from Clemson University with a Master of Arts in Architecture where he was afforded the opportunity to study in Clemson and Charleston, SC, as well as Barcelona, Spain. After over a decade of working on his craft and honing his skills, Whitney further pursued his passion by founding Whitney Newman Architects – an architectural design firm that takes a collaborative approach to help materialize our client’s vision.

Our Process



We begin with an assessment of our client’s goals, spatial needs, and requirements. This step provides the foundation for creating a design that is specific to the client. In this phase, we will review research the site and location and review all relevant background information. We will evaluate existing conditions, land use requirements, project feasibility, architectural programming, and design inspirations.


Schematic Design

Let the fun begin! Schematic Design is the first phase of the architectural design process. It is the foundation of a design. In this phase, we create a variety of approaches and options. We do a lot of brainstorming and work through many ideas to arrive at a design solution. We will work with our clients to establish the general look, feel, and composition of the project with a focus on the big picture.

Design Development

At this point, we will begin working in one direction, refining the schematic design to develop more precise drawings that describe the size and character of the entire project. This includes defining the interior/exterior materials, as well as other functional components. Building sections, exterior elevations and 3-D sketches are further developed. Toward the end of this phase, we begin working with the appropriate consulting engineers.


Construction Documents

Details Matter. These drawings are prepared to communicate the unique style of the project into precise and detailed documents used for constructing the project. We document final client decisions on materials and finishes. The drawing set includes cover sheet with code analysis and project information, plans, elevations, sections, details, and schedules. We will finalize coordination and documentation with engineering consultants to develop a complete set of coordinated drawings.

“God is in the details” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


Bidding & Negotiation

Some clients may already have a contractor selected, if one has not yet been selected, we can provide assistance in interviewing and selecting contractor(s) for our clients’ projects.

Construction Administration

During this phase, we provide clarifications of the drawings to the Contractor regarding design intent. We review shop drawing submittals and Requests for Information (RFI). We make site visits to review and discuss progress. We see the project through to completion and facilitate any close-out documentation required.

WNA focuses on the design of well crafted projects with an inspired and collaborative approach to every design.


WNA is committed to client needs and providing thoughtful, creative, and contextual design that enhance the quality of life and strengthens community. The firm’s approach to design links local heritage with the people that weave our communities together to truly reflect the way of life. We are committed to bringing these elements together into functional, responsible and aesthetically pleasing designs.

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