Architects and Designers

We’re a diverse group of architects and designers, each with unique talents and points of view that we bring to every project. We do share some things in common: a love for life by the water, for our families, and for the collaborative creative process that goes on every day in our design house by the ocean. For all the joy we bring to what we do, we take our work and the hopes and dreams of our clients very seriously. It’s a thrill and a privilege to get to know our clients and then go about making them a home that celebrates all the things and people that are important to them. For us, creating your dream house really is our dream job, and we feel very fortunate.

Steve Herlong Architect

Steve Herlong

AIA Architect, Design Principal    

steve@herlongarchitects.com    

People like being around Steve. He’s genuine, he’s friendly, and he’s a lot like the homes he designs: he has this beachy-cool laid-back vibe about him that makes you feel comfortable and welcome, that makes you feel like loosening your tie and settling in to enjoy the ocean breezes and a cold beer. And yet within this refined beach bum persona dwells a true artist and a dedicated professional. He has a sailor’s sixth sense of the tides, the sun, the moon, and the way the wind blows, and he applies this sense to every home he designs. He understands why you want to live on the coast, and once he gets to know you and your homesite he creates a home that brings all those reasons to mind every morning when you wake up, every time you entertain your friends and family, and every time you step out onto your porch and think to yourself, “This is the life.”

  • Bachelor of Arts in Design, Clemson University
  • American Institute of Architects
  • AIA Custom Residential Architects Network
  • Chairman of the Design Review Board of Sullivan’s Island
James Selvitelli Architect

James Selvitelli

Principal

james@herlongarchitects.com

Don’t let the stuffed shark in his office—long story—or his office nickname “Beast” skew your first impression of James. You won’t be around him long before you experience his penchant for finding the positive in every situation, his quietly hilarious demeanor, or his thoughtful way of listening and then almost as if out of thin air creating the perfect solution that makes his clients, his coworkers, and even consultants and contractors downright happy.

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University
  • National Council of Architectural Review Boards Certification
  • United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional
  • AIA Custom Residential Architects Network
Jim Henshaw Architect

Jim Henshaw

AIA Architect, Managing Principal

jim@herlongarchitects.com

If you ask Jim how he stays so calm while making sure every single thing that needs to happen at Herlong & Associates happens, he’ll most likely cite his duck mantra: looking cool and smooth on the surface while underneath his legs are paddling steadily. But we think he’s just trying to downplay his super-human capabilities. We’re pretty sure he never sweats, swears, or sleeps past his alarm. His careful bearing, quiet humor, and brilliant business sense keep everything running smoothly and everyone working well together to create the best homes around. He’s also the brains and creative muscle behind Flatfish Island Designs and Sandlapper Designs, which serve to expand the firm’s reach to a greater audience.

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Tech
  • Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina
  • American Institute of Architects
  • National Council of Architectural Review Boards Certification
  • AIA Custom Residential Architects Network
Rod Heinlen Project Architect

Rodd Heinlen

Project Architect

rodd@herlongarchitects.com

If you’re looking for Rodd, listen out for wherever the laughter is coming from. He lightens any mood and reduces any complication through his quick wit and his calm cool way of getting things done. He manages the design process and its multiple facets to flawless fruition, leaving coworkers, clients, and the homes he works on supremely happier and better for the entire experience.

  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Idaho
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Florida State University
  • Parsons School of Design
Bronwyn Lurkin Registered Architect

Bronwyn Lurkin

Registered Architect, Principal

bronwyn@herlongarchitects.com

Bronwyn Lurkin is a Project Architect with nearly 20 years experience designing award-winning homes up and down the East coast. Experience aside, Bronwyn has an excellent ability to multi-task with masterful focus and keep things moving forward efficiently so that every step of the design process speaks to the client's personal journey and goals. Clients and coworkers appreciate the gentle yet confident way about her, which makes her the ideal person you'd want to engage in the comprehensive task of designing a custom home. 

When Bronwyn isn't busy designing dream homes, she's running around with her three boys and yellow lab named Piper. In her rare bouts of free time, she enjoys hanging at the beach with her husband, sweating it out at a Bikram yoga class and sipping on cold margaritas with friends during a well deserved happy hour. 

  • Master of Architecture, Syracuse University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation, University of Connecticut
  • Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design
  • AIA Custom Residential Architects Network
Charlie Miraziz Project Manager

Charlie Miraziz

Project Manager

charlie@herlongarchitects.com

He travels the globe. He fishes, plays soccer, rebuilds VW’s, draws, paints, makes short films, cooks—the man just may be the Most Interesting Man in the World’s much younger brother. His infectious passion and talent for design, however, trump all the rest, and these he combines with a genuine smile, an eagerness to help and learn, a serious work ethic, and the fact that he’s a really snazzy dresser. We like this guy.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Clemson University
  • American Institute of Architects
  • AIA Custom Residential Architects Network
John Romano Project Architect

John Romano

Project Architect, AIA, LEED AP

john@herlongarchitects.com

They say it’s the quiet ones you should watch out for, and we’ve wondered if John might have a secret identity. Though tight-lipped, he’s incredibly nice and always finding ways to contribute, so we’re assuming he’s on the side of the good guys. His keen intelligence and his ability to see ideas, plans, and conundrums from all angles have transformed problems into ideas of genius and turned frustrated hair-pulling architects back into artists of Zen.

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University School of Architecture
  • AIA Custom Residential Architects Network
  • United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional
Leah Thompson Office Manager

Leah Thompson

Office Manager

 

Meet our statistical guru: part mathematical whiz, part comedienne, Leah get's down to business when it comes to accounting, while lightening the mood with her infectious smile and quick wit. When she’s not chasing after her four-going-on-sixteen year old daughter, Leah is busy at work, crunching numbers and keeping us all in line behind the scenes. Don’t let her calm demeanor fool you though; we hear she's a wild child at heart, and let's be honest, we love someone who knows how to work hard while having a good time along the way.

  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics, University of Georgia
  • Masters of Business in Accounting, Brenau University
Layne Nelson Regional Director

Layne Nelson

Regional Director, Caribbean Operations

layne@herlongarchitects.com

Layne Nelson has been in the architecture and design business at Herlong & Associates for more than fifteen years, developing the interior architecture specialty within our office, and since 2007  she has focused on our work out of our St. Kitts  office.  She divides her time between St. Kitts and Charleston. Her number one priority is representing clients and their interests, which she accomplishes through excellent communication skills, architectural talent, and extremely high attention to detail. She leaves no item to chance, no question unanswered. She immediately connects with clients from around the world and is able to translate their goals and hopes into island homes they may never want to leave. She takes her work and her relationships with clients very seriously and always goes beyond what’s expected to deliver the most fabulous result possible. 

  • Bachelor of Arts, College of Charleston
Theresa Bishopp Interior Designer

Theresa Bishopp

Interior Designer

theresa@herlongarchitects.com

Artist, chef, world traveler, a woman who once camouflaged herself on a photo shoot in a dress she made from leftover bedspread fabric, Theresa possesses creative powers surpassed only by her ability to instantly become your confidante, your therapist, that person you don’t know how you got by without knowing. And all that listening’s not for show. It may quickly seem that she knows you better than you know yourself, as she’s able to capture everything that shines about you into details as subtle as the fringe on a pillow. Renaissance woman meets fairy godmother.

Heather Allison Interior Designer

Heather Allison

Interior Designer

heather@herlongarchitects.com

Meet Heather and take a sigh of relief. Any indecision about style or color, any anxiety about how all the pieces are going to fit together, it all simply melts away on contact. You know at once you’re in exceptional hands. She’s going to put together the interior you’ve always dreamed of—only maybe more cohesive, more inviting, more vibrant than you even envisioned—and along the way make you feel like the whole process has been a stroll down the beach. She’s got insight that makes even the best ideas better, humor that puts everything in its proper place, and super-high standards of design and execution. Think over-achiever with a heart of gold.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Winthrop University
  • University of South Carolina, College of Arts and Sciences
Elizabeth Jakubowski Interior Architect

Elizabeth Jakubowski 

Interior Architect

elizabeth@herlongarchitects.com

Elizabeth’s work is most successful when it goes unnoticed—when an electrical outlet appears just where you need it or when you move from a foyer toward the living space as if an unexplained force is inviting you in and pulling you forward. Fortunately for everyone her personal presence is anything but invisible. Her keen abilities may enhance every room she designs, but her cheerful disposition truly lightens every room she inhabits. As one of her coworkers describes her: “a beautiful soul with a steel-trap mind.”

  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Kansas State University
  • Auburn University Interior Architecture Program
Cintra McGauley Sedalik

Cintra McGauley Sedalik

Interior Designer

As the granddaughter of a fine artist, it was only natural for Cintra to lean towards a career in design. It was her grandmother who first introduced Cintra to Mario Buatta, an AD100 interior designer who got his start doing interior design for her grandmother. Years later, Mario hired Cintra as his intern.  Between beginning her work with the “maximalist” Mario Buatta, and extending her design experience to include the"minimalist” approach working with world renowned architecture and interior design firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates, Cintra honed her ability to tailor her designs to meet a wide spectrum of our clients’ tastes. Her experience with this broad range of styles has provided her with a unique mindset when it comes to design, and a clear understanding that ultimately, the most important design criterion is context:  the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of each project. Her innate ability to design for different styles and temperaments can be attributed to an ingrained sense of aesthetic and spatial harmony combined with a deep respect for design of the past, the present and the future.