Upon completion of his architectural degrees, Mr. Fava began his professional career in Switzerland where he worked for an extended period acquiring detailed training in preservation, planning, restoration, and adaptive reuse of historically significant structures. His work and professional training overseas also included time spent in both France & Italy. Upon returning to the States, he worked for the Pritzker Prize-winning and internationally recognized firm of Roche-Dinkeloo Associates in New Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Fava later served as a Project Architect for work with the Italian design firm of Studio Morsa in New York were his varied experience included work in restaurant, furniture, and graphic design. Mr. Fava was the recipient of a fellowship to the Guggenheim in Venice, Italy and was living there in 1991 when Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, South Carolina. He returned to Charleston in December of that year and formed his private practice shortly thereafter.
Mr. Fava is skilled at speaking more than one architectural language well. This quality and experience is particularly critical in historic environments. As evidenced by Mr. Fava’s work, when thoughtfully designed, properly conceived and executed, historical architecture and contemporary space requirements can strengthen and complement each other. e. e. fava architects has received significant recognition for the creative and sensitive restoration and adaptation of historic structures to accommodate present-day needs. Notable projects by e. e. fava architects, etc. include the restoration and renovation Missroon House at 40 East Bay (Historic Charleston Foundation Headquarters), the Middleton Pinckney House for Spoleto Festival USA Headquarters, Villa Margherita at 4 South Battery, 52 and 50 Murray Boulevard, the Camden Towers Cultural Center (Train Sheds Renovation and ‘Best Friend’ Train Addition), Stella Maris Church (Sullivan’s Island), and the 1858 William Pinckney Shingler House at 10 Limehouse Street.
Mr. Fava is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He was the recipient of a research fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation for Planning and Architectural Study in Venice, Italy. He has maintained Architectural Licenses in South Carolina, Virginia and the United States Virgin Islands. His work has been recognized by the Historic American Buildings Survey, State of South Carolina Office of Preservation, The Preservation Society of Charleston, RDDA, and the New York Times. He is a former Halsey Museum Board member and presently sits on the Sullivan’s Island Historic Preservation Advisory Committee. Mr. Fava has served on the City of Charleston Building Inspections Board and remains a member of the City’s Board of Architectural Review.