SUM is a group of individuals inspired to practice their skills in the context of something greater than themselves. Together, we design meaningful and sustainable buildings, environments and personal spaces. The studio was formed out of a desire to collaborate on holistic design projects in a culture of flexibility, creativity and professionalism. The team shares a common regard for the impact of their work on the people and places in which each project exists. 

Our process involves careful consideration for community, continuity and context, as well as fundamentally incorporating sustainable building practices and materials.

SUM’s business model is distinctive. Having evolved in firms rooted in hierarchy and formalities, the team recognized advantages to creating a dynamic structure. We work within a flexible and fluid infrastructure, which enables us to appoint the strongest team possible for each unique project. A thoughtful combination of architects, interior designers, and industry leading consultants, are chosen to lend their skills and perspectives in ways that most benefit each client. This formula allows for a comprehensive approach to problem-solving while capitalizing on the skills and mindsets of specialists. 

This inclusive approach does not end with the design team - client partners are an integral part of the process. Getting to know each other enables the team to work openly with clients as we envision and create the most successful result, working efficiently within the client’s budget and timeframe. The ability to balance metrics, low-impact methodologies and happy end-users, while helping clients realize their goals add up to SUM’s success. These unique ties with developers and clients have allowed us to grow steadily, primarily due to referrals and decades long relationships. 


Photo Credits to Josh Partee Photography