INTERVIEW WITH MARK SCHNELL - Community Master Planner


New Urbanism was founded in the belief that physical environments have a direct impact on happy, prosperous lives and that well-designed cities create healthy places for people and businesses to thrive.  Sunflower Beach is distinctively modeled after the successful communities along Florida’s 30-A such as Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Watercolor and Alys Beach, whose main features include walkability, connectivity, quality architecture, sustainability and quality of life.

Schnell Urban Design is leading the charge in Sunflower Beach’s overall community design.  As a designer for places of national and international renown, Mark Schnell has distinguished himself in the fields of visionary placemaking and New Urban community design.



At the heart of the community lies a lush and rolling lawn, perfect for a cozy picnic or an impromptu family game of ball.  Sprinkled throughout the community, you will find several naturalized parks and play areas, walkable streets and inspiring views of the ocean, an ocean view restaurant and bar, dune preserves, and inspiring architectural features.


The architect behind our modern condominiums and luxury homes, Larry Speck, senior principal of Page and former Dean of UT School of Architecture is well known for his diverse portfolio of award-winning architecture and his distinguished career as an inspiring educator. Speck has had opportunities to lead significant projects including the Austin Convention Center, the architecture of Discovery Green Park in Houston and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.


In collaboration with Page and Studio Architects in the design of our condominiums, Jay Corder and his team have spent the last decade designing contemporary, high-end custom residential architecture, from new construction to remodels and additions. The team is likewise poised to handle small to medium-sized contemporary commercial projects focusing on tenant infill, hospitality, multi-family and amenity.


Introducing the latest architect to design a gorgeous modern home within Sunflower Beach, The Davies Collaborative is a forward-thinking architecture firm located in Austin, Texas.  With a focus on thoughtful place-making and a dedication to sustainability, The Davies Collaborative’s experience encompasses numerous high-profile award-winning projects across office space, multi-family dwelling units, recreational facilities and luxury single-family residences.


Also influential in the design of our modern condominiums, Evan Fisher is the owner and CEO of Studio Architects in Austin, TX. His dedication, talent, and skill brought him to Harvard University where he earned a Master of Architecture. Evan has worked for luxury residential and resort firms in California, Florida, and Texas while working closely with clients on visioning, concept, design, market examination, and product analysis.