Founded in 2017, Joshua G. Youngner Architect is a Coastal Georgia based studio specializing in residential homes and resort projects. The firm’s designs incorporate classical forms with contemporary ways of living.

President & Founder

Joshua G. Youngner


Josh’s passion for the arts developed at a young age while apprenticing as a decorative painter in houses and golf clubs during his high school summers in Sea Island, Georgia. These experiences instilled the importance of collaboration among architects, designers, artisans, and builders - a framework which he has carried into his practice today.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Georgia, he interned with several design firms before obtaining his Master of Architecture Degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. For nearly a decade, he worked as an architect with Dunwody/Beeland Architects before founding his own practice in 2017.  Josh's work focuses on custom residential homes and special resort projects across the United States, which often involve a mix of different period styles and contemporary elements. His successful projects result from close collaboration among the owner, design team, and building team.

A lifetime resident of Saint Simons Island, Josh is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and holds LEED Certification for Building Design and Construction. He is certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Board and is licensed to practice architecture in Georgia and Wyoming.

Lead Interior Designer

Emily Brooks


Emily is a Golden Isles native who earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Georgia Southern University. She began her career working at design firms in St. Simons and Atlanta where she focused on a variety of high-end residential and hospitality design projects, custom single-family homes, restaurant renovations, luxury yacht designs, and several historic golf club restorations, including the renowned Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, NY.

Emily values building and maintaining client relationships through daily communication during and after the design process. She believes that true collaboration between the client and design principals of architecture, landscaping, MEP, interiors, and structural is the key to success. Emily is certified by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Lead Project Manager

Jeanmarie Farrell


Jeanmarie is a licensed architect who brings more than 10 years of experience with specialties in multifamily, senior living, and hospitality projects. She received her Masters of Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Jeanmarie values creating residential spaces that inspire and enliven people.

She believes that incorporating thoughtful details can make a positive impact on people's lives, and finds joy in seeing the happiness on clients' faces when they first see the finished space designed specifically with their sensibilities in mind. In her free time, she enjoys staying active through weightlifting and paddleboarding.

Our Team

mollie sims

Office Manager

Elizabeth Foreman


Nathalie Brock


Dillon Mertens


zachary farrell



Hand Sketches

After getting to know the new clients (or old clients with new ideas), Josh initiates the design process by producing hand-drawn sketches for floor plans, elevations, sections, and perspectives. This essential step allows for ideas to be quickly synthesized and communicated to the client. Sketching is not only the starting point but also a tool used throughout the entire project.

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Digital Perspectives

Once the project's concept is understood, the team refines the design through computer modeling. This allows for a comprehensive analysis of the design, and facilitates the ability to create sections, plans, and perspectives as needed to convey and improve the project.


Once the team determines the design has reached a high level of refinement, renderings may be commissioned. This step allows our clients to visualize the impact of our collaborative decisions on the overall aesthetics and functionality of the project. Renderings are also used for presentations to neighborhood review boards and permitting authorities to assuage any concerns and ignite enthusiasm for the design.