FWA Group is leading architecture firm in Charlotte, North Carolina and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Our expertise in architecture has focused on sustainable K-12 schools, higher education buildings, and research facilities throughout the Southeast and the West within the United States.

FWA has been in existence since 1953 and has additional ongoing experience within corporate, civic, commercial, retail, recreational, resort, military, adaptive reuse, and health care facility project types. Our recent notable projects include Residence Halls, one of the largest Student Unions in the United States, Adaptable Prototype Middle Schools, Modern Recreational Facilities, and Innovative Laboratory Buildings for universities and corporations.

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IN MEMORIAM S. Scott Ferebee, Jr., FAIA July 30, 1921 – November 19, 2016

The FWA Group honors the life, service and distinguished career of our Founder and friend, Scott Ferebee, who passed away on Saturday morning, November 19.

As a student at NC State in chemical engineering, Scott’s career path was interrupted by Pearl Harbor and the advent of World War II when he served in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division and participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. After being wounded in action, he was evacuated to a hospital in England where he met his future wife, Army nurse Mary Elizabeth Cooper. He retired as a Major General from the US Army Reserve in 1976 having earned numerous military honors including: the Distinguished Service Medal, Purple Heart, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm.

Following the war he returned to NC State where he elected to change his major to architecture having been influenced by the great buildings of England and France and deciding that his earlier lab work was “too much like washing dishes.” Upon graduation in 1948, Scott worked for Arthur Gould Odell, Jr. until leaving in 1953 to form a partnership with John C. Higgins under the name of Higgins and Ferebee. In 1958, they added Herschel G. Walters becoming Higgins, Ferebee and Walters. The following year John Higgins' interests were purchased and the firm became Ferebee and Walters. Throughout the years with Scott serving as Senior Partner, and/or Chairman, President and CEO of the firm, the name changed to Ferebee, Walters and Associates and finally The FWA Group. He retired from active practice upon completion of the new Charlotte Convention Center in March of 1995.

Scott Ferebee was a tireless advocate for the profession and held many notable positions during his architectural career including: President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) from 1972-1973, Vice President of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce from 1975-1976, NC State Alumni Association President from 1980-1981, and Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows for 1987. He was instrumental in supporting and obtaining approval for the creation of a College of Architecture at UNC Charlotte in 1969.

In 2011, for its National Convention, the AIA produced a special tribute to Scott highlighting his extraordinary career. The video at the following link was part of a presentation to him during the convention at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. See Scott's video

In 2004 on the occasion of his receiving the AIA North Carolina F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an AIA North Carolina member, colleague Robert Burns, FAIA Emeritus said of him, "Scott Ferebee's career serves as a model for all those who would strive to emulate his character, attainment and generosity of spirit. He is the ideal choice for this most prestigious recognition."