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.



Sunflower Beach is honored to include Michael G. Imber as a community architect. Imber was named “Master of the House” by Southern Accents Magazine and was the designer of the 2009 “Idea House” for Coastal Living Magazine, as well as the 2011 “Idea House” for Southern Living Magazine. Michael G. Imber’s homes throughout the Texas coast and Florida’s 30-A have been featured in publications such as Elle Decor, Coastal Living, Texas Architect, Western Interiors, Southern Accents, & Period Homes.


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.


Sprinkle & Co. Architects

Davis Sprinkle has a reputation for producing innovative houses and buildings that speak to their time and place. Their work has been featured in Dwell magazine, Texas Architect magazine, and New York Times magazine. The firm’s focus is on realizing their clients’ vision and on producing long lasting and sustainable solutions.

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With over 23 years of residential and commercial experience, LK Design Group is at the forefront of architectural and design innovation. Lynn Peters, President, is a San Antonio native and has personally owned a home in the Port Aransas area for over 10 years. Utilizing 3D technology, clients can view their new home with virtual reality goggles during the design phase, minimizing construction costs caused by change orders and mid-construction design. LK Design prides itself on providing clients with the highest level of comfort and confidence while creating their ideal sustainable living/working environment with commercial durability.