Narramore Associates, Inc. began in 1973 when David Narramore, as a single man firm, received his first commercial commission for a strip shopping center. After completion of that first project, commercial commissions continued to come in and the staff gradually began to grow.
Having worked for a variety of architectural firms prior to 1973, it was obvious to David that the key to success was to provide quality architectural design services while also developing long term relationships with clients. This business philosophy has resulted not only in the firm continuing to receive design projects, but also, a very high percentage of multiple repeat clients over the past 44 years.
Narramore’s life-long fascination with gadgetry and electronics led to the firm being one of the first in this area, 25 years ago, to drop the age-old methodology of “hand-drafting” and embrace the “then new” computer technology exclusively in document production in addition to conducting business in general. Ironically, in today’s world, it’s impossible to imagine it being otherwise.
In 2002, Shea Obrien joined Narramore Associates, Inc. and has been instrumental in continuing the firm’s philosophy of business as well as it’s growth and expansion. Today, as Vice-President, he oversees a current staff of 17 as well as maintaining client relationships.
Narramore Associates supports a fast-paced, casual and detail oriented workplace. We have fun, get it done and enjoy our lives outside of the office. Our work-week is scheduled around our clients’ individual needs and our staff is flexible enough to put the right team for any project together quickly. We encourage our leaders to engage clients on a personal level, so that we enjoy and understand just who it is that we work for.
A native Greenvillian, David’s dream was to “be an architect” because his second grade teacher recognized his ability to draw and told him that’s what he should be “when he grew up”. Although he didn’t know what an “architect” was…he greatly admired his teacher and pursued “the dream” from that day forward.
From public elementary school to private schools to Greenville High School, David always took additional courses that would be useful in the pursuit of a degree in architecture. In 1963 he was accepted into the Clemson University College of Architecture and in1969, he received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree.
His first position was as an “architect trainee” with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah, Ga., but while working in Mississippi on Hurricane Camille “disaster relief”, his position ended due to a Federal Government “reduction in force”. He then returned to Greenville in 1970 to begin work at a local architectural firm.
In 1972 David successfully passed the South Carolina State Architectural Exam and obtained his first license to practice architecture. He then became a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and became a member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI).
In 1973 he went out on his own in “pursuit of the dream”. Over the years, while practicing architecture, he has served on the Greenville Technical College AET Advisory Board, the Board of the Clemson Advancement Foundation, and the Board of Child’s Haven.
Now, 44 years (and multiple millions of completed square feet later), he has architectural licenses in 29 states and still feels as though “we haven’t even hit second gear yet”.
Shea O’Brien was raised in the booming metropolis of Piedmont, SC in a family of scientists, entrepreneurs and engineers. After graduating Clemson University, Shea worked for several firms in North and South Carolina- building expertise in hospitality, health care, residential, restaurant and retail prior to joining Narramore in 2002. In the years since, Shea developed steadily as project manager and production manager prior to assuming his current role of Vice President in 2015. Shea runs all daily aspects of the firm including client development, recruiting and working actively to build and better our various design programs. After work, Shea can be found in the gym, motorcycling, outdoor sporting and enjoying the great local culture with his family.
From day one, Narramore Associates has had two primary purposes: to provide high quality architectural design and also to develop long-lasting client relationships. We find that work is the most enjoyable when you are doing something well and doing it for someone you know and appreciate. Our firm does not need to constantly chase that “next big job” because the majority of our client relationships span decades. We concentrate on providing the best service possible for our loyal customers and helping them achieve their goals in the most straightforward and efficient means possible.
CLIENT-CENTRIC: We adopt our approach to our client’s needs. Whether it’s internal team structure, project delivery or even due diligence support, our workflow is specific to customer.
MINIMALIST: We don’t create extra meetings, phone calls, design phases or any other process that is not necessary to the project. We strive to do exactly enough to get the job done well, quickly and on budget.
ASSERTIVE: We use tight, efficient scheduling and overlapping staff members to make sure every project is pushed forward, every day. Staying ahead of the game is central to our culture.