Altura Architects carries forward the core values that have defined our studio for decades. Our new name reflects our aspiration to evolve the beauty of architecture in our mountain region and improve our community’s quality of life.
Altura Architects (formerly Samsel Architects) was established in Asheville, North Carolina in 1985 by Jim Samsel. The foundation of our studio’s identity began with Jim’s values of environmental stewardship, service to our community, and design excellence. Jim played a fundamental role in the revitalization of downtown Asheville during the 1980s and 1990s. He served as an advocate and architect for many iconic downtown rehabilitation projects, including our office building at 60 Biltmore Avenue.
The firm began an ownership transition in 2010 and is now led by Nathan Bryant and Duncan McPherson, who have been with Altura Architects for over 20 years. During that time, the firm has made significant achievements including the LEED Platinum certified EcoDorm, AIA- North Carolina’s 2016 Firm of the Year Award, and completed a Certified Net-Zero residence.
Over the past 35 years we have developed a diverse design sense and portfolio of experience. Altura Architects has continued to evolve while our core principles of environmentalism, design excellence, and a commitment to serving our community have remained constant. Our staff continues the legacy of our values with every client and every project.