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Architectural Review Board

Enhancing the beauty of Kiawah Island with sustainable development

The goal of the Kiawah Island Architectural Review Board (ARB) is to achieve an uncommon and visually pleasing blend of natural beauty and manmade improvements by providing standards and guidelines for community areas as well as residences, in accordance with the development’s comprehensive Master Plan.

ARB Benefits for Homeowners

The Kiawah Island ARB is committed to protecting and enhancing your precious asset. To do this, we help you achieve an environmentally sensitive design for your new home through careful consideration of the configuration of your home site, the Lowcountry climate, existing vegetation, and topography of the building site. Thus, one of our primary objectives is to assist you with your planning efforts, and we stand ready to do so.

Agenda & Frequently Asked Questions

Standards & Guidelines

These "Designing with Nature" guidelines are intended to serve as your benchmark in the process of planning a new home and to assist your Architect, Landscape Architect, and Builder. This information can neither provide all the answers nor guarantee ideal solutions for every situation, so as questions arise concerning your building plans, our staff and the ARB will be very pleased to assist you.

Kiawah

Cassique

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Policy Changes

The following are memorandums that describe staff policy changes and updates to submittal procedures and guidelines. Please review, as these may affect your project.

Fees & Deposits

Please review the ARB Schedule of Fees and Deposits, which may assist you when planning your project's budget.

Board Members & Staff

The Architectural Review Board's knowledgeable and helpful staff are here to guide you through every step of your ARB process. Their extensive education and impressive experience speak volumes of the quality guidance you'll receive along the way.

ARB Staff

Amanda Mole

Director of Architecture

Amanda Mole is the Director of Architecture for Kiawah Partners. She holds Bachelor of Science and Masters of Architecture degrees from Georgia Tech with study abroad in Paris. She has experience in commercial and residential architecture, holding architectural licenses in South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Prior to coming to Kiawah in 1999, she designed and managed projects for architectural and interior design firms in Atlanta, with focus on private club design. Amanda also oversees the Kiawah, Cassique, Terrapin Island, and Freshfields Village Architectural Review Boards for Kiawah Partners. She currently practices architecture in the Low Country beyond Kiawah and consults with several residential design review boards.

Barbara Looney

Assistant ARB Director

Barbara Looney is the Assistant ARB Director. A native of South Carolina, she holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a study abroad in Rome. She has worked in the Charleston area on a variety of projects, ranging from boutique commercial property design to residential architecture on peninsular Charleston and Sullivan's Island. In addition to contributing architectural input to the ARB, Barbara coordinates project reviews and fields submittal questions. She is currently licensed and practices architecture in South Carolina.

Jennifer Hayes

Landscape Coordinator

Jennifer Hayes is the Landscape Coordinator for the ARB. She has a Landscape Architecture degree from the University of California as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Her professional experience includes site planning,landscape design, and horticulture, as well as international program management and human resources. Jennifer is an active member of the SC Native Plant Society and a Board Member for The Sustainability Institute.

Laura Philpott

Compliance Coordinator

Laura Philpott is the Compliance Coordinator for the ARB. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Kennesaw State University and has administrative experience with road and bridge construction in Atlanta, Georgia. Laura enforces the standards and guidelines for properties on the island in an effort to preserve and strengthen the natural beauty of Kiawah. Laura also serves as ARB’s liaison to the Kiawah Island Community Association.

Chris Owca

Office Coordinator

Chris Owca is the ARB office coordinator. She comes to the ARB with many years of experience at KIRE. Prior to joining the ARB, she worked as an Executive Assistant, Database Manager, and Leads Manager. She also had several years experience at the Kiawah Island Resort in a managerial position. Chris received her education at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Elementary Education. In addition to administrative duties for the ARB, Chris handles guideline questions, distributes setback information, and provides assistance with processing of permits and submittals.

Kiawah Board

Roy Smith

Architect Member and Chairman

Roy Smith has worked with the Board periodically for several years, mostly recently returning as Chairman in 2005. He has practiced architecture in locations as diverse as Atlanta, Tokyo, and Wyoming, as well as coastal South Carolina. He brings a unique perspective to the Board, as he earned not only a master's degree in architecture at Clemson, but also a law degree from the University of Wyoming. The Architectural side of his business ranges from forensics (determining causes and solutions for problems in architecture and construction) to design to construction administration. He received his license to practice Architecture in 1989 and was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1994. He currently practices both architecture and law in the state.

Mark Permar

Architect Member

Mark Permar served as vice president of planning and design for the Kiawah Island Company, the original developers for Kiawah. As such, he was involved in all aspects of planning for Kiawah's development dating back to 1979, and he has remained as a consultant since KRA's purchase of the Island in 1988. In addition to his consulting work for KRA and other Coastal communities, Permar advises the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York on architecture and long-range planning. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati and is licensed to practice architecture in the state of Georgia.

Jane Maybank

Architect Member

Jane Maybank is a partner in the architecture firm of MG Architects, LLC; a practice with an emphasis on respect for environmental and cultural context in working with private and professional clients on mixed-use, commercial, residential and educational projects. In recent years her work has focused on architectural and land-use strategies to address the unique goals of non-profit, institutional and heritage property clients. She earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia with study abroad in Italy; and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York with study at Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, and Harvard University. She was awarded a merit scholarship to the Master of Architecture program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has published articles on architecture and design related subjects in Legends, Metropolis Magazine and other publications. She has worked on projects in the United States, Europe, and Japan and has been in private practice in Charleston since 2001. She currently serves on the Board of the Charleston Academy of Music.

Charlie Arrington

Landscape Architect Member

Charlie Arrington is a licensed Landscape Architect who oversees the land planning for Kiawah's new neighborhoods and amenities. He has worked in golf-course design for over two decades, and serves as Kiawah Partner's in-house golf course architect. He worked with Tom Fazio on The River Course, Tom Watson on Cassique, and with Greg Norman on Doonbeg Golf Club. He also directed the site landscaping team for The Ocean Course. Over the course of his landscape design career, he has developed recreational facilities as diverse as public parks to large-scale equestrian centers.

Marilyn Olson

Property Owner Representative

Marilyn Olson is the property owner representative on the Board. As liaison to the community, she represents home, cottage and villa owner interests and provides a layman’s view on aesthetic issues. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education where her career spanned 35 years as a student, teacher, college instructor, workplace educator, and consultant. Marilyn has been a villa owner since 1994 and an island resident since 2006. Marilyn served as the KICA director liaison to ARB from 2009-2011 and served on Covenant Compliance prior to that. As a KICA Director she chaired the West Beach: Looking to the Future Task Force. She has been a Regime director since 2006, serves on the Town of Kiawah Island Solid Waste and Recycling Committee, and volunteers at St. Johns High School and the greater Johns Island community.

Ed Monahan

Property Owner Representative

Ed Monahan is the KICA representative on the Board. Ed’s family has had a home on Kiawah since 1996. He attended American University in Washington, D.C. Before moving to South Carolina and working for the Kiawah Island Community Association, Ed worked on Wall Street for a Member Firm securities corporation on the Trading Floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Ed began his KICA career in 2007. Within that time, Ed has served on the KICA Safety Committee and the KICA Pride of the Community Committee. He is currently the Supervisor of the KICA Livability Department. This department combines three entities, Covenant Compliance, Safety, and Encroachment. The KICA Livability Department permits and monitors all contracted work performed on Kiawah by contractors, utility companies, and property owners. In this capacity, the KICA Livability Department works closely with the ARB with regards to enforcement of KICA and Kiawah Partners ARB guidelines.

Cassique Board

Mark Permar

Architect Member

Mark Permar served as vice president of planning and design for the Kiawah Island Company, the original developers for Kiawah. As such, he was involved in all aspects of planning for Kiawah's development dating back to 1979, and he has remained as a consultant since KRA's purchase of the Island in 1988. In addition to his consulting work for KRA and other Coastal communities, Permar advises the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York on architecture and long-range planning. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati and is licensed to practice architecture in the state of Georgia.

Glenn Keyes

Architect Member

Glenn Keyes has been in private practice in Charleston since 1986. His firm specializes in the preservation of historic buildings and the design of new buildings within an historic context. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Architecture specializing in Historic Preservation from the University of Florida. Glenn served as the Preservation Architect for the restoration of the historic Vanderhorst Mansion on Kiawah Island.

Jim Conroy

Property Owner Representative

Jim Conroy serves as a property owner representative on the Board. His responsibility to property owners and contribution to the board is to insure that architectural and landscape decisions for the community adhere to the Cassique covenants and by-laws, as well as, evolving ARB standards and guidelines. He also works closely with Cassique Homeowners Association. Jim and his wife Mary have taken permanent residence in Cassique since 2013 after moving from Bucks County in Pennsylvania. Jim retired from Citigroup Asset Management as a Managing Director responsible for taxable fixed income investments. He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Economics and an MBA in Finance.

Bernie Fulk

Property Owner Representative

Bernie Fulk serves a s a property owner representative on the Board. He is responsible for upholding the design guidelines established by the ARB, the covenants, and the by-laws. He is also a conduit between the ARB and Cassique Homeowners. During a 35-year career in the institutional investment research business he maintained an avid interest in residential real estate. He worked for a development company building multi-family units while in college and more recently acted as the general contractor for the construction of his last residence in the Washington D.C. area. He is now affiliated with a custom home building firm in Charleston. Bernie and his wife Marcia moved into Cassique in 2005 becoming the first fulltime residents. He has a B.S. in Finance and an MBA from American University.