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Fortress Architecture Studio - Usonian Door

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 help make your dream home into a reality.

Scott Keyes

Designer / Builder / Owner

 [Architecture + Video Games + Furniture]

  • After graduating architecture school in 2014, Scott founded a studio called Steel Marsh, which worked on small residential architecture projects as well as designing and building steel furniture and light fixtures.  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.  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. 


  • 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 world to play in and explore.

  • 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 and NCSU School of Architecture. 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.


  • He 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.


Julie Keyes

Architect / Project Manager / Owner


  • Julie is a registered Architect and has managed numerous high-end custom residential projects on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, as well as downtown Charleston in the historic district and around the peninsula.  She is a Partner and Project Architect, and works on everything from custom residential to commercial restaurants.

  • 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.


  • 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 and currently live in Charleston on Johns Island with their daughter, cats, and other wildlife.

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