Keith Summerour was born and raised in Alabama and graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1987. Included in that five - year program was a year abroad studying the classical architecture in London, Paris, and Florence. Florence clearly made a huge impact on Summerour as he took an apartment and established a studio there in 2004 and spent numerous months in the city for years to come. Today he still visits Italy frequently, immersing himself in the architecture, food and with the people he has met along the way. He also serves on the Board of The Florence Academy of Art.
Summerour and Associates Architects was established in 1997. The firm’s work can be found across the United States with a large concentration in the Southeast. There is a balance of residential and commercial work in the firm’s portfolio including The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC and Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, both Relais and Chateaux properties, Institutional work for the likes of Wofford College and The University of Alabama and event venues such as the Summerour event space in Atlanta, GA and The Avenue event center in Greenville, SC.
Summerour spends most of his free time on his farm in Gay, GA, Towerhouse Farm, where he keeps chickens and bees, raises sheep and grows his own vegetables. His focus has turned to a healthier, mindful way of living which extends into the firm’s culture.
The firm currently has two monographs, Summerour, Architecture of Permanence, Scale and Proportion and Creating Home, Design for Living.