We are proud to announce that Irene Dumas Tyson, AICP, Associate AIA, Director of Planning and Associate, has been named a 2020 Women of Influence by the Columbia Regional Business Report.
Nineteen groundbreaking women were honored in an online event recognizing their unique contributions to Columbia. With over 25 years of experience, 13 of which have been at BOUDREAUX, she leads with broad experience and passion for urban and town planning and design, campus master planning, community visioning and development, and historic preservation. Degreed in architecture, she has met all of the requirements and ongoing credentialing to become a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Irene thrives when creating communities that are vibrant, authentic, and livable. As Director of Planning, her solutions blend architectural insight, planning expertise, and an eye for the future. Her stakeholder facilitation skills and contagious enthusiasm rally diverse voices toward strategic visions for their communities. Many professional and cultural organizations as described above find themselves the proud beneficiaries of her leadership and personal artistic and musical talents. Irene is always ready to create with you.
“Irene is a true inspiration. Her leadership fuels the creative soul of our office. She is ever a source of new ideas, a challenge to conventional thinking, and a volunteer to tackle the next endeavor. I will always be thankful for her influence on me personally as a woman grounded in faith and love of family and for the gifts she shares daily with our team and with our clients,” said Heather Mitchell, AIA, President of BOUDREAUX.
As a sampling of her service and professional reach, Irene has just completed her two year term as ULI District Council Chair and University of South Carolina Lancaster’s master plan. This fall Irene will be leading the completion of a master plan for the historic St. Peter Catholic Church in uptown Charlotte, launching master planning efforts in Inman and updating zoning ordinances for the Town of Lexington.
Irene and all who work with her enjoy the magic that happens when one’s personal passions are inexorably linked with her professional path. She can pick up her markers and sketch out an idea and inspire a room full of people. She can turn the naysayer in crowd to the champion for the project. She has and continues to make South Carolina a better place one plan at a time.