Celebrating Net Zero

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on April 10th, 2017

Janice and I love our new home.  It is quiet, comfortable and relaxing.  With two full bedrooms upstairs, and a small bedroom for our grandchildren downstairs there is plenty of space for privacy.  Also, both Janice and I have wonderful offices with all the 21st Century trimmings.  A beautiful living room connects everything, and we have a formal dining room, kitchen and a great back porch overlooking a shady private garden anchored by a magnificent magnolia tree.Read More »

Aspirational Cities

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on March 6th, 2017

Our recent trip to Nashville started me thinking about how some cities are evolving in reaction to the aspirations of citizens for progress and success, while other cities seem content to embellish their strengths and resist change. Because cities outlast generations of people and leaders, aspirational change can be cyclical, but as cities get older their culture seems to change less and less.Read More »

Getting the Gulch

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on February 13th, 2017

For this year’s annual corporate meeting we decided to visit another Southern city that we learned is enjoying a renaissance: Nashville. Home of country music, Vanderbilt University, and one of America’s favorite convention centers.Read More »

New Year’s Resolutions

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on January 2nd, 2017

The days after Christmas and before New Year’s Day frequently find us all making resolutions regarding the year ahead.  Two years ago Janice and I resolved that we would get ready for our senior years by selling all of our real estate, finding a vacant lot in the vicinity of Starland Dairy in Savannah’s Victorian Historic DistrictRead More »

A Time for Change

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on November 14th, 2016

A Time for Change

You may have already heard this, but America recently voted for change.

What kind of change, and how it will be implemented remains to be seen, but the sentiments for anti-globalization, nationalism, and against progressive change have swept Donald Trump and the Republican Party into complete power.Read More »


By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on August 29th, 2016

Telling a Story in Stone

Motoring down the Canale Grande in Venice one evening on vacation with our sons, David eyed me as I gazed intently on the parade of palazzi we passed.Read More »

Our Design Narrative

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on July 11th, 2016

At GMShay, we love making good (sometimes great) buildings and places. But in a world-class city like Savannah, just being good is not enough. Our creations here must be better than the work we see from design firms from other cities that are competent, and at times imaginative.Read More »

The Sounds of Success

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on April 18th, 2016

When travelling to other destinations—usually cities—one of the things I find most revealing are the sounds they make. Go to a public place where people gather, find a comfortable seat, close your eyes and listen carefully for a long while.Read More »

NYC Field Trip for Savannah’s Cultural Arts Center

By Gunn Meyerhoff Shay on February 24th, 2016

This weekend we travelled to New York City to visit business friends and to see some great theaters—to see how they compare to the one we are designing for Savannah’s Cultural Arts Center.Read More »