SEED Architecture is a full-service architecture and planning firm dedicated to developing relationships for the service of clients and fostering leadership in design for the broader Columbia community.  

Founded in 2015 by John K. Powell, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, SEED Architecture is a Columbia, SC based firm adept at both commercial and residential design work. The company's focus is on a diversity of project types but is concerned most specifically with the people, the families, business owners and staff behind those projects. Using what we call “relationship-based design,” we listen carefully to the client's mission and vision, goals and dreams, and then build out the artistry and technical requirements of a project to achieve success. For SEED, the architecture begins with the client and grows into the tangible reality of design.



John K. Powell, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, founder and owner of SEED Architecture, began his career in Charleston, studied at Clemson University, Columbia International University and abroad. His board service and community involvement include the Carolina Children’s Home board, the Greater Columbia AIA (past president), Leadership Columbia Advisory Board, Design Development Review Commission, F3 Columbia and deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. John also enjoys training for running and trail events, traveling, and spending time with his family.

john@seedarchitect.com | 803.730.2101


Laura G. Burns, NCIDQ, IIDA, Assoc. AIA, assists with space planning, project management, and interior architectural design. She studied Interior Design at Anderson University and has experience in medical, commercial, restaurant, and residential projects. She loves to spend time with her husband and son, travel, play tennis, and paint when not working. Laura’s community involvement includes CREW Midlands, Leadership Columbia Class of 2018, Leadership Columbia Advisory Board, Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center volunteer, leader of CMDA’s Side By Side group here in Columbia and is an active member of her church. She was the recipient of the Leadership Columbia 2018 Glenn Jacobus Leadership Award for outstanding service.

laura@seedarchitect.com | 803.807.6553

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Mickie B Hoover, CAPS, Assoc. IIDA, Assoc. AIA, has a broad experience in commercial, educational, industrial, and residential design. She assists with space planning, interior architectural design, and project management for new construction and renovation projects. She graduated from Anderson University with her undergraduate in Interior Design in 2010 and MBA in 2012. Mickie enjoys spending time with her husband and dog and getting outside as much as possible.

mickie@seedarchitect.com | 803.804.4684


2018 Preservation Award: Adaptive Use

Historic Columbia
Indah Coffee | 2238 Sumter Street
Columbia, South Carolina

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2018 Preservation Award: Historic Renovation

Historic Columbia
301 South Saluda Ave
Columbia, South Carolina