Laurels
Best Architects
in Charleston
2018

Why These Architects?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored architects on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best architects in Charleston, SC.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Architecture+

Architecture+ specializes in full-service design for renovations, new residences, and adaptive reuse in the Charleston Metro area. The team of Architecture+ offers services from project design to completion with programming and conceptual design, preliminary budgeting, design development documents, construction documentation, bidding and negotiation, and construction observation. The firm won the Best of Houzz Design Award in 2015 and 2016. Past clients praise Architecture+ for skillfully incorporating their ideas and visions into the completed projects.

Charleston, SC(843) 568-7681

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Architrave

Architrave is a design and architectural practice with over 25 years of experience serving clients in Charleston and throughout South Carolina. Architrave’s expertise focuses on custom home design, residential renovations, religious and church projects, fire stations, and historic preservation. The firm has earned multiple Best of Houzz awards in design and service. Many clients highly recommend working with Bill Marshall, one of Architrave’s founding principals, for his patience, creativity, and gentle approach to design.

Charleston, SC(843) 768-2004

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Bill Huey + Associates

Bill Huey + Associates is a full-service architectural firm based in Charleston that has worked on projects throughout the Southeast over the past 20 years. The firm’s projects include preservation, new construction, large commercial buildings, and private residences. Bill Huey + Associates won the Best of Houzz Design Award in 2015 and 2016.

Charleston, SC(843) 805-6700

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Christopher Rose Architects

Christopher Rose Architects is a collaborative design firm serving the greater Charleston area with a wide variety of expertise. Founder Christopher Rose has over 30 years of experience in sustainable, award-winning architecture. The firm focuses on designing affordable custom homes and renovations. The firm won the Best of Houzz Design Award five years in a row since 2012. Christopher Rose Architects gives back to its community by providing pro bono and low-rate services through local organizations.

Johns Island, SC(843) 559-7670

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Cobb Architects

Cobb Architects specializes in custom home design, renovations, and commercial boutique projects for the Charleston Metro area. Founder Darryl A. Cobb started the firm in 2000 and has over 22 years of professional architectural experience. Cobb Architects received the Best of Houzz Service Award in 2015 and 2016. Past clients praise the firm as professional, detail-oriented, and responsive.

Charleston, SC(843) 856-7333

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Cumulus Architecture + Design

Cumulus Architecture + Design has built and renovated clients’ dream homes in the Charleston Metro area and beyond since 2011. Co-founders Abby Freeman Lesslie and Robbie Lesslie previously worked for other firms in and around Charleston, with Abby at Is3p and Robbie at Christopher Rose Architects. Their own firm’s design experience includes projects for Dyal Compass, Indigo Park, and Kiawah Island. Clients praise Cumulus’ helpful, hands-on approach and well-rounded talent.

Charleston, SC(843) 607-4644

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Glenn Keyes Architects

Glenn Keyes Architects focuses on historic preservation and adaptive reuse architecture with 30 years of experience serving the greater Charleston area. The firm offers consulting and full architectural services, including feasibility studies, master planning, materials conservation, and complete structure analysis. Glenn Keyes Architects also has experience designing new buildings to fit the context of historic sites. Past awards have included AIA Charleston Design Awards, Palladio Awards, and AON Build America Awards.

Charleston, SC(843) 722-4100

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Herlong & Associates

Herlong & Associates creates architectural and interior home designs through a collaborative creative process within its Charleston-based team of architects and designers. Clients highly praise working with founder Steve Herlong and the team’s communication, coordination, and thoughtful designs of their dream homes. Herlong & Associates has won several awards since 1995, including recognition from AIA Robert Mills Residential Design Awards, Best in American Living Awards, and Prism Awards.

Sullivan's Island, SC(843) 883-9190

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Hudson Designs

Hudson Designs creates distinctive residential and commercial designs for clients in the greater Charleston area as well as North Carolina. The studio specializes in architectural planning, construction and renovation, green building, and architecture characteristic of Charleston. Past clients praise Hudson Designs as professional, reliable, and knowledgeable. President Charles L. Hudson, Jr. has been a registered architect since 1995 and speaks on architectural design in local schools and the Boys and Girls Club.

Johns Island, SC(843) 768-0662

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Kevan Hoertdoerfer Architects

Kevan Hoertdoerfer Architects is a Charleston-based architectural practice with almost 20 years of experience applying architecture, ecology, construction, education, and craftsmanship to a wide variety of projects. Taco Boy Restaurant, Blue Ion, and SKY Residence are a few of the firm’s notable projects. The SKY Residence was featured by DWELL magazine, Mark magazine, and The Post and Courier.

Charleston, SC(843) 724-6002

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M. Brennan Architects

M. Brennan Architects is a design-build firm working on new residences and remodels in the greater Charleston area for over 22 years. M. Brennan offers full architectural services for residential, commercial, sustainability and historic renovation projects. The firm won the Best of Houzz Service Award in 2015 and is described by past clients as attentive and inclusive throughout the design and construction process.

Charleston, SC(843) 406-7813

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Maresca & Associates Architects

Maresca & Associates Architects is a design studio located in Charleston and Greenville that specializes in custom homes and renovations. Past projects have showcased a broad range of styles, such as Mediterranean, classical, cottage, estate, colonial, and coastal retreat. Maresca & Associates has been featured by The World of Interiors, Southern Accents, House & Garden, and Coastal Living magazines.

Charleston, SC(843) 727-2555

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Morris Architecture

Morris Architecture has specialized in full-service residential and commercial design for the Charleston Metro area since 2004. The firm’s expertise spans historic restoration and renovations, new residences, office and retail spaces, sports complexes, and neighborhoods. Morris Construction allows clients to enjoy the benefits of one team seeing projects from design to completion. Clients recommend Morris Architecture for the creativity, insight, and collaboration founding principal Robert “Buz” Morris brings to every project.

Charleston, SC(843) 577-8010

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Myles Trudell Architect

Myles Trudell began practicing architecture in South Carolina over a decade ago and now designs custom homes and renovations for clients in the greater Charleston area and surrounding islands. Myles designed the 2013 HGTV Dream Home on Kiawah Island. His architectural style emphasizes quality, collaboration, and purpose.

Charleston, SC(843) 276-0317

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Neil Stevenson Architects

Neil Stevenson Architects has been a full-service architectural firm based and focused in Charleston S.C. but practicing throughout the Southeast since 1992. NSA accepts projects ranging from multiple use developments, restaurants, small to medium size hotels, national and local retail, office, light commercial construction and custom residential whether ground up or historical renovations. NSA won the City of Charleston’s coveted Award for Design Excellence for its Mid-Town project and was a finalist in Best In American Living Award and Best Urban Smart Growth Neighborhood /Community Award.

Charleston, SC(843) 853-8800

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Spivey Architects

Spivey Architects is a multi-disciplinary architectural firm serving the greater Charleston area with functional and unique design solutions. Founding principal Michael W. Spivey has over 30 years of experience in design and construction. The firm works on projects from high-end custom residential designs to commercial buildings. Spivey was awarded the Best of Houzz Design in 2015 and 2016. Clients highly recommend the firm for its facilities expertise, quality designs, and project management.

Charleston, SC(843) 795-9370

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Swallowtail Architecture

Swallowtail Architecture creates residential and boutique commercial designs that emphasize both form and function for clients within the Charleston Metro area. Owner Rachel Burton offers over 30 years of experience in architecture, design, and environmental studies. Swallowtail Architecture received the Best of Houzz Service Award in 2015. The studio also regularly donates its services to community projects, such as the Dorchester County Habitat for Humanity and LowCountry Orphan Relief.

Summerville, SC(843) 885-9400

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