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Resilient Structures, Beautiful Spaces.

Fortress Architecture Studio is a husband and wife team with unique designs and ideas you won't find anywhere else.  We enjoy the art and the science of architecture and collaborating with our clients and the builder to provide a successful construction process.  Through cutting edge technology mixed with thoughtful architectural design, we create beautiful, sustainable, and resilient projects.  We would be honored to work with you!

A photo of Julie Keyes and Scott Keyes from Fortress Architecture Studio
Julie Keyes

Architect / Project Manager

email: Julie@FortressArchitecture.com

phone: 864 - 420 - 0378

  • Julie is a registered Architect and has designed numerous high-end custom residential projects in the Lowcountry and the Upstate of South Carolina. She is a Partner and Project Architect, and works on everything from high-end custom residential to smaller home renovations and additions.

  • Julie takes pride in building positive relationships with clients. She enjoys designing spaces that meet specific client needs and is quick to communicate. She is the primary point of contact for all studio projects. 

  • She graduated from Clemson and NC State's schools of architecture, and has worked for prominent architecture firms in Greenville and Charleston, SC, including Chris Rose Architects, Johnston Design Group, and Cummings & McCrady Architects.

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  • She is thankful that the field of architecture has provided a challenging outlet for her creativity, and loves seeing a design realized with her clients.

  • Julie and Scott got married in 2015. In 2022, they moved from Johns Island back to Julie's hometown of Greenville, SC.  They live on Paris Mountain with their daughter and son.

Scott Keyes

Architectural Design / Video Game Design / Furniture Design + Build

  • In 2014, after graduating architecture school and several years of working in Charleston architecture firms, Scott founded a design studio called Steel Marsh, which worked on small residential architecture projects as well as designing and building steel and wood furniture and light fixtures.  In 2018, Steel Marsh grew with the addition of Julie Keyes as Partner and began to focus more on custom residential architecture throughout the Lowcountry and the Upstate of South Carolina.  In 2022, Steel Marsh changed their name to Fortress Architecture Studio and relocated their main office to Greenville, SC.  Fortress has a focus on designing beautiful, resilient, modern (or futuristic) homes, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Coast. 

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  • Scott founded ChronoTecture Game Studio in 2020 as a side project for the architecture firm.  He utilizes his architectural design and technological curiosity to create digital worlds for people around the real world to play in and explore.  He also enjoys designing video game worlds to explore in Virtual Reality, where the buildings he designs aren't subject to pesky things like gravity.  He is currently working on a trilogy of video games called ChronoTecture.  The technological work and research done on the video game also translates to our architectural work through enhanced rendering techniques, flythrough videos, and virtual reality walkthroughs of the homes we design.

  • Scott works on architectural design, video game design, 3D modeling, construction drawings, renderings, cinematic videos, scene / world building, virtual reality, and the design and construction of physical furniture and lighting projects.

  • He graduated from Clemson University School of Architecture in 2012 and NCSU School of Architecture in 2014. He also studied at Clemson Architecture Studios in New York City and Barcelona, Spain.  He minored in Fine Arts w/ a focus on modern sculpture using steel at Clemson.

  • He was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and studied both traditional and modern design while working for local architects, Neil Stevenson Architects and Glenn Keyes Architects.

 

"Michael and I worked with Julie at Fortress Architecture Studio for our rebuild.  She is such a chic and cool professional person who magically incorporated every single request.  She listens!  I recommend her to everyone who asks." - Carly D.

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