Our Company

John P. Shackelford, Jr., Architect + Interior Design –  John P. Shackelford, Jr., Architect + Interior Design is an intimate group of experienced design professionals who began perfecting the art of architecture and interior design in 1991.

We strive for the creation of classic spaces with lasting materials.  One hundred years from now, we want you to be unable to detect what century our homes were created.  Whether your needs are to create a new space, remodel an existing one or enliven your interior spaces, we seek to serve our client’s needs and to create a place that they can enjoy for generations to come.

As stewards of your time and money, we pay careful attention to your questions, values, needs and vision for your space.  We believe that a successful collaboration involves mutual respect, trust and creativity.  We share these values with the artisans and craftspeople with whom we work, who broaden the palette of aesthetic possibilities.  To fully realize your vision, we provide a full range of services from architecture to the interiors, which can include custom furniture and fixtures as well as the design of outdoor spaces.

John P. Shackelford, Jr.  At the helm of all design is John P. Shackelford, Jr.  A graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology, John got his first job working for the noted architect Frank McCall, first in Moultree, Georgia, and then on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, where he opened a satellite office.  Enriched by his experience with his mentor and world-wide travels, John has always endeavored to provide his clients with a work of art.  Eventually John went out on his own, but by then he was an established name in his own right that is synonymous with creating the best example of a certain style of architecture in a specific period of historyJohn strives to create work that is timeless, not faddish.

Recognized by Southern Accents Magazine in 1999 as one of their top “Four Under Forty,” Shackelford resists having a “trademark look.”  Instead he keeps his designs tuned to various principles, such as the fact that he strives to create work that is timeless, not faddish.  In fact, Southern Accents Magazine described his range of designs as “classical, austere, exuberant and baroque”.  His restrained use of ornament, like the use of a seashell carved out of stone above the window (shown above), relates his buildings to their setting; while his  close attention to the small details that gives his houses substance: clay tile roofs, details around the eaves, casement windows, tile floors, stone columns.  For Shackelford, all of these elements are too often ignored in contemporary architecture.

Unlike many architects today, Shackelford understands that an architect is not meant to merely place the bricks and mortar but to understand how spaces will flow and be used, as well as, designed and furnished often creating a turn-key approach to design for many of his clients.  Shackelford works with his clients to think through their spaces to not only showcase their family heirlooms but to understand how they will use and furnish their home.  Together with his dedicated staff, he delivers a product of the highest quality and has for just over 25 years and has had his work published in numerous publications including Veranda, Southern Accents, Sea Island Living and Elegant Island Living.  His projects range from coast to coast, although the heart of his creation is nestled in the Southeastern United States.

Nancy Stoddard –  Shackleford’s approach to design strongly relies on his in-house designer, Nancy Stoddard.  Nancy is a St. Simons Island resident with a degree in interior design from Georgia Southern University.

John and Nancy work together to acquire antiques and other “finds” and catalog each piece until it can be used for a project.  Each of their design projects focuses on subtle use of texture, which gives each home richness and depth.  Further, Nancy and Shackelford work together to ensure that each home’s color palate is designed to be visualized as a whole rather than a series of discrete rooms.  Their process ensures that every design is livable, and that even the most formal design is articulated without feeling cluttered or fussy.