Julia’s work is distinctive in its attention to historical proportion and detail; the designs are distinguished by their old world techniques of wood joinery, heavy timber framing, and the grace of authentic materials. The architecture recognizes a traditional environmentally sensitive approach to residential design enhanced by natural climate control, verandas, balconies, large windows and louvered shutters. Put simply, the mystique of her work is the first thing that envelops you. Julia has been the designer for an extensive range of projects internationally including large-scale hotel, high rise office building, resort and retail centers, and has provided design and project management for historical renovations, showrooms, libraries, museums and private galleries. She has designed feature Film sets for major studios and was NBC's art director for the Today Show and 1996 Centennial Olympic Broadcast. Julia is the Founding Director of the Sky Institute for the Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to building sustainable communities with current projects in the US, Australia, Bahamas, and Central America. She has directed the town architecture with DPZ and the New Urban Guild of numerous projects nationally and internationally including Amelia Park, a DPZ development on Amelia Island, FL, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach on the Gulf Coast, Schooner Bay and Albany in the Bahamas, and Hacienda Lagunas and Uma in Panama, Central America. Julia is focused on incorporating vernacular traditions with sustainable design and high performance building technologies. Her practice was founded in 1996 with residential projects characterized by an interest in the regional traditions of the South as well as the Colonial architecture of the West Indies. Ms. Sanford was brought to Rosemary Beach and surrounding areas to help foster this interest and illustrate the intent of various development codes. Recent projects represent actively sustainable construction through the incorporation of established regional practices. Focusing on the practical applications of energy conservation, residential models are being developed through the Sky Institute. Julia was the recipient of Georgia Tech's prestigious SGF award, Skidmore Owings and Merrill Portfolio Fellowship, and the Governor's Honor for the State of Georgia. She received a Bachelor of Art in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master's Thesis under Mack Scogin of Harvard University. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe while studying Italian Renaissance and Classical architecture and traveled throughout the Caribbean and South America researching West Indian and Caribbean influences on the development of coastal vernacular in the United States. She is fluent in French and Italian and currently resides on Amelia Island, Florida.
Eric’s work has long focused on the way buildings are put together... the physique of the buildings, if you will. He rants passionately about the fact that we build cartoons of traditional buildings, but don’t build the substance of those traditional buildings, only their superficial fashion. The materials they’re put together with can’t even withstand a summer shower through an open window... they begin to mold and mildew almost immediately. What can we do? Eric has a laundry list of ways to improve how we build. He starts with that seemingly unassailable bastion of American construction: Drywall. “Drywall,” he says, “means that you still have a wall so long as you keep the drywall dry. But let it get wet, and it quickly turns to mush!” Eric hails from a rural Indiana farm family. His early education from generations of Farmer Scientists, Philosophers, and Innovators instilled a deep respect for the Agrarian way of life. Among the farmer’s many disciplines, the vernacular building traditions became Eric’s passion, architecture, his calling. After studying architecture at The University of Florida, Eric established established a design firm in 1986 catering to a custom residential design clientele in a resort setting. Although rewarding, Eric soon came to believe that a complete re-thinking of community development, and the metrics with which buildings themselves are measured and valued was paramount to creating meaningful and sustainable places. Beginning 1992, with the pilot infill project of Newpoint in Beaufort, Eric embraced the principles of New Urbanism, and retooled to concentrate on providing affordable, context driven, traditional architecture for mixed use, pedestrian friendly communities. Along with introducing new designs, Eric continues to research and test new building and delivery methods. Particularly, those tectonics that replace the consumptive nature of throwaway buildings with more substantial, flexible buildings with sustainable materials, configurations and technologies that allow buildings to be built for the near term, and evolve for the long term. Eric is a frequent consultant across the United States and beyond for new and old towns, infill projects, hamlets, and neighborhoods. He collaborates with other professionals to plan, analyze and reintroduce historic local and regional building patterns. He remains an active participant in the Katrina and Rita recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast. He is also Town Urbanist for his home village of Habersham where he lives and works.
Steve’s work focuses first on techniques that can spread broadly, making everyone’s work better. His award-winning book, for example, A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Bahamas] sets the standard for a new type of pattern book that is principle-based instead of taste-based, and therefore contributes to the creation of new living traditions. Steve has led or contributed to many advances in sustainable place-making and building design. He runs a veritable “skunk works” of sustainability, place-making, and building-making ideas and tools from his office in Miami Beach. He founded the New Urban Guild, which is a group of architects, designers, and other New Urbanists dedicated to sustainable buildings and places native to and inspired by the regions in which they are built. The Guild was instrumental in the creation of the Katrina Cottages concept. Steve’s Katrina Cottage VIII, which opened the second generation of Katrina Cottages, was awarded a Charter Award by the Congress for the New Urbanism. The Guild’s Project:SmartDwelling initiative sets out to redefine the American home much smaller, smarter, and more sustainable. Steve’sSmartDwelling I was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Green House of the Future story alongside designs by three other notable green architects, including William McDonough. The Guild Foundation is the non-profit educational arm of the Guild; it sponsors the Original Green initiative, plus a number of workshops, tours, and seminars that fill several of the gaps that previously existed between theory and practice. Steve is also a principal of Mouzon Design, which produces a number of town-building tools and services. His house plans have been featured repeatedly as Home of the Month in Southern Living and Coastal Living. Steve is Town Architect at several new hamlets, villages and neighborhoods around the country. Steve’s new book, the Original Green, frames sustainability in common-sense, plain-spoken terms. Bobby Kennedy, Jr. wrote the Foreword. Steve has also collaborated repeatedly with other notables, including Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of DPZ and the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, which is Prince Charles’ organization. Steve has authored or contributed to a number of publications and articles in recent years, and much has been written about him. He is a noted photographer of great places and buildings. Steve lectures frequently across the country and abroad on a wide range of topics. He is a board member of the Guild Foundation and INTBAU-USA, and is the author of the Original Green Blog and the Useful Stuff blog. Steve has made significant contributions as a team leader or team member on a number of significant New Urbanist projects, and is involved in a number of organizations devoted to the building of better and more sustainable places.