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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Michael Celauro, AIA, NCARB

Principal Architect

1110 Navaho Drive, Suite 600

Landscape Architecture Contact

Lisa Cutshaw, PLA

Landscape Architecture Operations Manager

1 N. Pack Square, Suite 300, Asheville, NC 28801

Land Development & Transportation Design Contact

Brandon Johnson, PE

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

1110 Navaho Drive, Suite 600, Raleigh, NC 27609

Planning Contact

Anne Darby, AICP

Anne Darby, AICP

Principal Planner

2201 W Broad Street, #204, Richmond, Va

Structural Engineering Contact

Chris Berg, PE

Structural Engineering Service Manager

1110 Navaho Drive, Suite 600, Raleigh, NC 27609

Traffic/ITS Systems Contact

Greg Fuller, PE

Traffic/ITS Systems Service Manager

1110 Navaho Drive, Suite 600, Raleigh, NC 27609