We are collaborators, innovators, and creatives. We match our diverse design expertise to your building challenges and create solutions that make your community more resilient and beautiful. When you work with our team, you will find all your technical needs met and your voices heard. Our signature design process is a proven method for delivering projects that exceed your expectations.  

From integrating into a historical district to designing a brand new and impactful structure, our team uses the art and science of architecture to enrich the built environment. 

Our landscape architecture team has over 70 years of global experience from downtown revitalization to open space parks.  

Our land development team defines customer satisfaction having worked with a single client on over 50 projects and most of our work is from repeat customers. 

Our planning team has broad local government experience to assist with everything from comprehensive planning zoning ordinance updates to development scenario modeling. 

Our structural engineering team has elevated homes in floodplains, designs the insides of the US’s second-largest credit union, and conducted numerous inspections on all types of bridges.  

We are working on 600 miles of design for a single Broadband Infrastructure project in addition to our proven track record of incorporating technologies to improve mobility and safety. 

Our transportation design team has won ACEC awards in the past 5 years for Engineering Excellence, because their work connects communities together. 

Our Signature Design Approach

We utilize a Signature Design Approach that is distinctive in the design professions. By combining the most current research and evidence-based design approaches with a carefully curated approach to listening and understanding, we are able to leverage our depth of experience to consistently deliver innovative, artful solutions on time and on budget.

1. Listening/Learning (Deep Discovery)

Before we draw a single line, we will have listened intently, asked probing questions, and developed an understanding of the site and the budget. We take a holistic approach, going deep to understand the needs of the client, the project, and the site.

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2. Visioning Collaboration

Every project is unique and requires clear vision to get to a concept that delivers on the client’s needs both functionally and aesthetically. From the listening, learning, and discovery in step one we collaborate with the client to arrive at the right concept for their project.

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3. Innovative Design

New research and information become available continually, and we strive to stay on top of the research and combine cutting-edge ideas with our depth of experience to create innovative and elegant design solutions.

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4. Strategic Project Management

The design process can be complex, fluid, and changeable. Summit works with the client to clearly define the process and the deliverables so we can provide the results you need on budget and on time.

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5. Effective Implementation

Our people are our greatest asset, and together we have the diverse set of skills necessary to shepherd your project from concept to completion. From architecture to site design to engineering, we have the breadth of experience and professional expertise to successfully implement projects of any scale.

Service Contacts

Architecture Contact

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Michael Celauro, AIA, NCARB

Principal Architect

3301 Benson Drive, Suite 400, Raleigh, NC 27609

Land Design, Landscape Architecture & Transportation Design Contact

Brandon Johnson, PE

Civil Engineering Department Manager (Land Development, Landscape Architecture, Transportation Design, Water Resources)

3301 Benson Drive, Suite 400, Raleigh, NC 27609

Planning Contact

Anne Darby, AICP

Anne Darby, AICP

Planning Department Manager

2201 W Broad Street, #204, Richmond, Va

Structural Engineering Contact

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Greg Dickey, PE

Structural Engineering Department Manager

1110 Navaho Drive, Suite 600, Raleigh, NC 27609

Traffic/ITS Systems Contact

Greg Fuller, PE

Traffic/ITS Systems Department Manager

3301 Benson Drive, Suite 400, Raleigh, NC 27609