About the Principal

April Magill, Architect

April attended Virginia Tech where she graduated with a BA in architecture.  During her studies in Europe, she became inspired by the architecture of Gaudi  and of the ancient world.

Her desire to be in and around old, well-kept architecture led her to live and create in the Charleston area. Over the past 13 years she has worked for three of Charleston’s architectural firms, became a licensed architect & project manager, and in 2011 embarked on her own by starting Root Down Designs. 

Recognizing that an architect can not exist only in the world of theory, she began to explore materials not just in books but also with her hands. As she continued to experiment with building materials, she read Ianto Evan’s book The Hand Sculpted House and began to invest time and energy in educating herself about building with soil & the principles of permaculture.

She has worked in rural villages in Nicaragua, has taught countless natural build workshops, and has designed both commercial and residential buildings with a focus on energy-efficiency and low-carbon building solutions.   She continues to expand her practice through educating others by spoken presentations & most recently, being hired as an adjunct professor at the American College of Building Arts.

April stays busy with her two very energetic young children, her business, cooking in her cob oven, and enjoying the natural world.

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