Meet Your Future Design Team

The Minds Behind the Designs

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"As a co-founder and  owner of a construction and design-build company and involved in it's management for close to 30 years,  I have a lot of understanding of how the creative process interacts with the built process. It's fun participating in a process where a client's idea goes from a dream to an actual physical building."

"I love the creative process and the design effort.  However, I'm also very comfortable on a construction site. It's all integral to helping a client achieve their ultimate goal."

Michael Spivey, Principal and Owner

Michael Spivey, AIA , NCARB

With over 30 years of experience in architectural design and construction. Michael Spivey knows how important service is to this clients.

Unlike the owners and principals at other architecture firms who attend the initial meeting and hand the project off to their staff, Michael stays actively involved in every design project and is available to answer questions at any time.

Michael has designed everything from dream homes and golf course clubhouses to veterinary clinics, office space, banks, and restaurants. He believes there is a place in the market for all types of designers, including those who work out of their homes or offer stock plans, but discerning clients who can afford the luxury of creating their own custom homes and commercial spaces deserve a team of professionals who understand and cater to their needs throughout the entire process.

Although he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Clemson University, Michael’s professional experience also includes construction, giving him a unique understanding of how the creative process interacts with the building process. The first five years of his career, he built everything he designed from the ground up, and he co-owned a design and construction company before starting Spivey Architects and focusing solely on design.

His creativity spills over into his hobbies, which include playing guitar and woodworking, boating, golf, and flying planes. He has served on several Charleston, SC boards, is Past President of Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club,  Past Commodore of the James Island Yacht Club, and holds two U.S. Patents in product design.

Brad K. Brown, RA


Spivey - Brad Brown

Starting at an early age with Lego, Lincoln Logs, building tree forts, and an active imagination, Brad’s interest in buildings during playtime grew into his adulthood passion for architecture. He strives to live in a world filled with well-designed buildings while always having a fresh cup of coffee close by. With more than 20 years of experience in the low country, he has worked with a vast number of notable clients across the state.

Spivey Kelly Wheeler

Kelly Wheeler

Project Manager

Kelly has dreamed of and has been working towards becoming an Architect since the 9th grade. She received her Master’s of Architecture from New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego, CA in 2010. Kelly has since worked in several states with a diverse range of Architecture firms. She now brings a plethora of knowledge and diversity to Spivey. While wearing many job hats, including interiors, Kelly’s official title is Project Manager. She currently coordinates the Architecture Registration Exam study group with AIA Charleston.

Neal A. Sullivan

Project Manager

Spivey - Neal Sullivan

Neal arrived in the architecture field via an alternative but practical route by way of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands and Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Equipped with a B.S. in Environmental Design, over a span of 30+ years he worked his way up through the positions of laborer, framer, carpenter, contractor, draftsman, designer, project manager, and residential design business owner. His aptitude in understanding how the building and design process interrelate helps in his ability to effectively communicate with contractors and clients.

Spivey - Jason Wu

Jason Wu

Intern Architect

2000 miles from home in Taiwan, Jason has just received a Master’s of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Now working as an intern architect, everything is a learning experience in which he aims to polish his skillset from the very foundation (pun intended). Jason has a wide range of interests and has held many titles in the past- teacher, musician, founder, film director, and soldier… Becoming an architect is just another life goal he is determined to achieve.

Paula J. Spivey


Spivey - Paula Spivey

Paula is the first voice you hear when you call and the first smiling face you see when you enter our office. She is a valuable asset to the firm with her organization skills and administrative personality. While assisting the needs of everyone, Paula keeps the office running smoothly.

A team built on integrity.

Every member of the Spivey Architects team is much more than someone with an interest in architecture. They are knowledgeable, ethical, experienced, conscientious, and caring. When clients choose Spivey for their residential or commercial design, they have the creative power of our entire team working for them.