The office of Gunn Meyerhoff Shay is located in the heart of downtown Savannah, within one of Savannah’s most historic buildings. The office is positioned adjacent to the Cotton Exchange building in one of the cotton exchange warehouses that fostered the cotton industry in the nineteenth century.  In addition to a large skylight in the middle of the office, the building is abundantly wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with ample light during office hours. The team is surrounded by beautiful artwork and images of past projects.

The Gunn Meyerhoff Shay team is compiled of creative and diverse individuals who come together to make buildings that are “of Savannah,” in a way that is innovative and progressive. Our open office layout is important for our collaborative design processes to result in thoughtful design.  It allows us to constantly interact and rely on each other to further the design in order to get the highest quality product.

GMS is a mixed-media office.  All team members are proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, and Google SketchUp, but will also be found sketching at their desks in order to fully develop an idea. Because of everyone’s diverse backgrounds, it not uncommon for the office to get together to get everyone’s input on the direction of a project.  Gunn Meyerhoff Shay is truly a collaborative design studio.


Our History

Gunn Meyerhoff Shay was founded in 1956 beginning with Bob Gunn and Eric Meyerhoff after they graduated together from the University of Florida. In 1996, Patrick Shay merged his firm of 15 years with Gunn And Meyerhoff Architects, becoming equal partners with Bob and Eric. Over the past 60 years, Gunn Meyerhoff Shay has grown steadily in its leadership and capacity.  


Today, with the assistance of cutting-edge technology and a team of creative associates, the firm has positioned itself to continue that leadership for generations to come. Mr. Shay led the firm into the hospitality market, helping to create over 20 hotels in the National Landmark District. 

Shay has also been the lead design architect and principal-in-charge on many Georgia projects, including, but not limited to the Savannah Cultural Arts Center, Historic One West Victory, Homewood Suites on River Street, Villa Marie Master Plan, Benedictine Military School Master Plan, River Street Place, Savannah Health Department, Mulberry Inn, and the recently completed Alida Hotel for Rockbridge Hotels.


One West Victory

Historic Preservation