Culture

At Court Atkins Group your passions become our priorities. With a seasoned, innovative team steering your vision, we’re prepared to bring your design goals to life seamlessly within the environment of your choice.

Building a coastal retreat or family homestead?

Launching a local business or giving your company a new look?

From start to finish, we guide you through the planning process and help you navigate critical selections and building specifications. We connect you with valuable community resources while you get acquainted with our dedicated designers, project managers and leadership. Our collaborative approach includes every level of Court Atkins Group expertise. We’re here for you collectively, creatively, consistently – advisors you can trust.

“We create designs that are reflective of our client’s dreams, perform according to their needs, and fit beautifully within the context of their environment.” [Jen Foster, Associate, Project Manager]

Line drawing of a crab

Process

Our open studio environment inspires a constant exchange of dynamic solutions and a fully-collaborative approach to each new residential, commercial or interior design project. Over the past 14 years we’ve remained committed to keeping our clients at the center of our focus, surrounding them with dedicated, reliable teams of designers, managers and leaders who communicate with them regularly throughout the life of the project.

Using hand-rendered drawings, three-dimensional models and computer simulations we provide our clients with integrated views of each project allowing them to follow the evolution of a concept and clearly understand how the project will look and feel when completed.

“Our clients benefit from the experience, expertise, and creativity of a number of associates on their own project team.  Each member brings energy and fresh perspectives to keep the design flowing through the entire project delivery.”

[Jason Broene, Associate, Project Manager]




Sustainability

From unique and unprecedented living spaces to structures that are intentionally created to work in harmony with their environment, Court Atkins Group designs reflect timeless, resilient and innovative architecture deeply integrated with the land. Through simple, clean and honest expressions of material and form, we create buildings that engage with their surroundings on a number of levels – naturally, aesthetically and functionally.

We bring the outside in and open the indoors to scenic views and vistas. Our designs respect the environment. We implement materials and techniques that conserve energy, water and the natural systems present on each project site.

Through internal comprehensive design and sustainability reviews we cultivate fresh thought and firm-wide ownership of our work.”

[Amanda Lamb, Senior Associate, Director of Design]




Community

Our client-focused approach thrives in the context of community. Daily we embrace our clients’ search for identity – what do home, workplace, and neighborhood mean to them?  We listen to their perspectives and hear how they imagine their families and futures unfolding. We depend of their unique and personal stories as we transform wishes into community places that are welcoming and timeless, yet comfortably modern.

Court Atkins Group continues to produce successful low country design in response to what our clients have always envisioned for their space. By pairing this with our design skills, expertise and drive, Court Atkins Group continues to produce rewarding results.”

[Anne Bauer, Project Designer] 






History

Partners James Atkins and William Court agree they have a significant historical stake in the Bluffton-Hilton Head Island area. The two first met in the mid 90’s on Hilton Head while launching their careers. They both studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati and became acquainted at Hall & Hull Architects. After working in other parts of the country Atkins returned to Hilton Head to work for Tom Crews while Court committed to Hall & Hull.

Eventually Court and Atkins melded their skills and vision in the creation of their own firm, which they launched in 2004 in Bluffton. In 2016 they introduced a new firm name, Court Atkins Group, as well as an expanded business model including residential, commercial and interior design services. The partners also added a new studio location on the south end of Hilton Head, near Sea Pines Plantation.

Today, Court Atkins Group is one of the most sought after architectural firms in the coastal Lowcountry, receiving prestigious regional and national awards for iconic design in neighborhoods and communities throughout the area.




Bluffton Studio

The firm’s main residential and commercial design studios reside here, just outside Bluffton’s Old Town retail corridor.  In 2014, Court Atkins Group expanded to its service areas to include 501 South Studio, a full-service interior design center adjacent to the original offices. The Bluffton studio allows convenient one-stop planning and consulting for clients who begin their design journey in the architects’ main studio, then often engage the resources of the interior design team, just around the corner.




Hilton Head Island Studio

Dubbed the Tom Crews Studio in honor of its original owner and team mentor, Court Atkins Group’s new Hilton Head studio offers both residential and commercial design services for island clients embarking on new projects or resort renovations. A motivated staff operates the evolving studio, steering projects such as Darren Clarke’s Tavern and the new Sea Turtle Marketplace.




Partners

James C. Atkins
William R. Court

Associates

Amanda Lamb
Jen Foster
Jason Broene
Andy Harper
Kathy Dunigan

Team

Ron Luman
Zenos Morris
Lydia DePauw
Pam Raehn
Tom Crews
Kert Huggins
Nickie Hefferman
Rob Tedford
Matt Frye
Jason Gautier
Markia Maye
David Nash
Anne Bauer
Brianna Huffman
Mary Hubbard
Ashley Huffman

Interior Design Team

Deb Van Plew
Adrienne Warner
Cali Hitt
Jennifer Jukofsy

Careers

COMMERCIAL ARCHITECT

There’s never been a more exciting time to become part of the Court Atkins Group.  Our business is growing and expanding. Our Hilton Head, Savannah, and Bluffton studios continue to build momentum with landmark commercial commissions and award-winning residential projects.  Court Atkins Group currently seeks a professional capable of providing leadership in our studio.  The candidate will be an instrumental part of our Bluffton commercial projects studio. 

Our Ideal Candidate:

- Be architecturally trained at an accredited university
- Have at least one to two years of professional experience in a commercial architectural studio
- Have a passion for great architecture and refined detailing
- Be focused on personalized, client-focused service
- Maintain a company mindset and a team-oriented attitude
- Be technically fluent (AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office, Sketch up, etc.  Revit helpful)
- Be willing and able to travel


INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT
 
501 South Studio is looking for a full time Interior Design Assistant. An interior design degree, ability to use Autocad and two to three years of industry experience are required. Must be creative in the design process, possess an attention to detail, and be able to work efficiently and independently.
 
Please send your resume to kathy.dunigan@courtatkins.com or apply on indeed.