History

Founded in 1981, Key Architecture has been committed to improving communities for 30 years.  Our focus is and always has been the betterment of human development - from revitalization of historical buildings to world-class wellness and heathcare facilities to worshipful spaces for congregations.  

We desire to build great relationships with our clients by marrying our design experience to their needs and desires.  Our design is a true expression of the vision defined by our clients.  Our principles are experienced and personable architects who work directly with the client from initial design sketch through construction administration. 

We strive to keep costs low by understanding detail.  Key Architecture is also a licensed builder: we practice construction, as well as design, on some projects in order to continue our education in understanding contractors, construction and costs.  In the last 22 years, 99% of our projects have been built on time and on budget.

At Key Architecture, function, beauty and affordability are the hallmarks of our work.  Our primary goal is to make the lives of our clients and the cities which they inhabit more beautiful. 

Team

Randy Key, R.A., President

Associated with more than 800 buildings in his career, he is the President of Key Architecture and brings a true classical sensitivity to his work. Randy has over 36 years of experience on a variety of project types. He has performed all client services including Master Planning, Landscape Design, and Interior Design, as well as Architecture.

He has a Master’s of Science degree in Architecture from Clemson University where he graduated with “Highest Honors”. His education includes design studies at Clemson University’s Daniel Center in Genoa, Italy and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. A registered architect in South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York, Randy also holds a General Contractor’s license in South Carolina. He is also an experienced Developer.

A brief list of Mr. Key’s related project experience includes numerous Health Care (100+ projects), Wellness & Spa (30+ projects), Resort (8 projects), Higher Education (14 projects), Banking (20+ projects), Church (80+ projects), & Commercial (50+ projects) designs. In addition, Randy has years of public service to compliment the professional work. He has given back to his community and others.

Sandy Gibbes, Assoc. AIA, Partner

Sandy brings a unique skill set to our team, having served as a Pastor at one of the largest churches in America (NewSpring Church, Anderson, SC). While at NewSpring, he led Fuse, one of the largest youth ministries in the country. After helping the staff design their “Fuse” building, he ventured back to architecture where he has helped nearly 100 churches through the process of facility design and construction. He has led the design process for churches like NewSpring Church, Cross Point Church (TN), Athens Church (GA), Summit Church (NC) and Connexus Church in Toronto, Canada.

Sandy earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in 2002, with an emphasis on Design and Business Practice. He also attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to acquire his professional degree in Architecture. Sandy joined Key Architecture in February of 2014, after spending nearly a decade of leading the design process for the worship studio of LS3P Associates in Greenville, South Carolina.

While not working, Sandy enjoys spending time with his wife, Andrea, son Sawyer (4) and daughter Alex (1). He also enjoys golf and anything sports related.

Sims Key, AIA, Partner

Sims has over a decade of experience in a variety of architectural projects. Having studied in Italy and lived and worked on the west coast and the east coast, Sims has a myriad of architectural experience to draw from. He has studied many styles from classical architecture to modern design and loves to craft a unique design according to each client's tastes.

Sims earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in 2000, primarily in photography and design. He also studied architecture for 4 years at Clemson University, earning his Master of Architecture in 2006. Sims joined Key Architecture in 2011, after working for 5 years at ELS Architecture and Urban Design in Berkeley, California. At ELS, he was involved in several award winning projects ranging from master-planned communities to natatoriums to mixed-use projects. At Key Architecture, Sims has been the project architect on several projects including the world class Dialysis Access Institute at the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties.

Jonathan Edens, Assoc. AIA, Partner

Jonathan Edens joined Key Architecture as a member of Equip Studio in 2014. He has a passion for architectural design and specializes in the design of buildings for the Church. As an active member of his local church, Jonathan serves as a deacon, in the youth ministry, and web/social media team. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife (Lindsey), web/graphic design, and developing his interest in the field of Christian Apologetics.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree and a Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University. He has traveled to more than 12 different countries studying architecture ranging in style from the height of classical antiquity to the cutting edge of contemporary minimalism. Professionally, he has worked on religious historical preservation projects with Cummings & McCrady Architects in Charleston, SC as well high-end residential projects with Neal Prince Architects in Greenville, SC. Coming to us from the worship studio of North & South Carolina-based LS3P Associates, he brings over 8 years of experience working with more than 50 different churches all over the country.

Dwight Troyer, Assoc. AIA, Partner

Dwight Troyer joined Key Architecture's Equip Studio with a broad background in construction followed by more than ten years developing and managing architectural projects. He has completed Government, Commercial, Religious, and Residential projects across the United States. With a passion to see his clients succeed, Dwight works hard to discover what their needs are and designs unique facilities to meet those needs.

Dwight holds an Associates Degree in Drafting from CNM, a Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University, and a Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University. However, It is his background in construction that gives him an edge in understanding and relating to all aspects of the planning and construction process.

Gigi Key, Chief Interior Designer

Gigi Key has worked on various residential projects for many years before formally taking on the duties of Chief Interior Designer for Key Architecture. Gigi’s most recent work includes Hotel Florence, Victors’ Bistro, and the Dialysis Access Institute in Orangeburg SC. The Hotel and Victors’ included interior design, furniture & art selections, purchases, and installation.   

Georgiana Wester, Interior Design Assistant

Georgiana Wester has worked as a Restaurant Manager and High School teacher before formally taking on the duties of Assistant Interior Designer for Key Architecture. Her most recent work includes Hotel Florence, Victors’ Bistro, and the Dialysis Access Institute in Orangeburg SC. The Hotel and Victors’ included interior design, furniture & art selections, purchases, and installation. 

Jada McCutcheon, Office Manager

Jada McCutcheon has been the Office Manager for Key Architecture for sixteen years. Jada excels in bookkeeping, various administrative duties, construction administration, furniture orders and installation, and various application tasks. 

Thad Wester, Laser Scanning Consultant

Agnes Wilcox, Historic Preservation Consultant