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Vin-Yet Architecture

Designing the Carolinas

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vi·gnette [vīn-yēť]

a brief, but descriptive design sketch intended to represent a grander idea

Introduction Vin-Yet Architecture is a collaborative studio that specializes in commercial, residental and municipal architecture throughout the Carolinas. With a multi-faceted background in construction, art, design and mechanics; we are uniquely equipped to think outside the parameters of our discipline allowing for diverse and innovative design solutions. In all of our work, we foster an environment of collaboration and creativity with our clients, creative team, and community. We strive to create architectural design that is both environmentally and fiscally responsible. This enables us to be good stewards of the lives, buildings, land, and resources that have been entrusted to us.

Myles S. Alexander, AIA


R. Justin Smith


Myles S. Alexander, AIA Partner

As a founding partner of Vin-Yet Architecture, Myles brings his experience with the current sustainable design andbuilding techniques to every project, big or small. He is intimately involved in the initial design of the project, as well as construction document creation and construction administration. Having successfully completed projects in multiple states across the U.S., Myles designs buildings that reflect the unique character and attributes of each individual site. He is currently the Director of the Young Architect’s Forum (YAF) for the Asheville chapter of the AIA where he mentors and tutors emerging architectural interns and newly licensed architects. After graduating with honors from Clemson, for both his undergraduate and graduates degrees, Myles practiced in Key West, Florida for 3 years, before moving to Asheville, NC in 2005, where they currently reside.

R. Justin Smith Partner

Holding his degrees from Clemson University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Justin is a local that has his finger directly on the pulse of the South Carolina vernacular. After receiving his training from one of the Southeast’s most respected residential designers, Vin-Yet was created as a direct response to the growing need for fresh approaches to design, employing the services of new technology while holding true the artisan values from which the profession was first realized. Bungalows or compounds, Justin has designed it all with the same level of detail our customers deserve. Although he and his family have lived in various cities throughout South Carolina, they currently call Rock Hill, South Carolina home.

Emili McMakin Team Member

Emili brings experience as a project manager and is responsible for the day to day project needs, attends all project meetings and is intimately involved in the creation and quality control of the design and construction documents for your project. Emili has lived in Asheville since mid 2011, moving here upon completion of graduate school, from University of Colorado at Denver, with her husband and two children. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Austin and has previously worked for firms in Denver, CO and Black Mountain, NC before joining the Vin-Yet team.

Andrew King

Team Member

Andrew studied Architecture at Clemson University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining Vin-Yet Architecture in 2012, he worked in Nashville, TN and Southern California. Andrew’s experience as a project manager and designer makes him a valuable asset during the construction process. He now enjoys his role at Vin-Yet and uses his skills to complement the firm’s vision from the earliest stages of design.



Watergarden 05


Neo Burrito 07

Shiland 09

First Restoration 11

Golfview 13



Watergarden Residence New construction 3,468 sf heated (4,951 under roof) Completed in 2011 Style – Craftsman Budget – $500k Challenges - This home was designed to fit the lifestyle of two young pilots, as well as planned for the future growth of their family. Situated on the banks of Lake Wylie, South Carolina, the terrain presented many difficulties.


We are extremely pleased with Vin-Yet Architecture. We really wanted our home to reflect our personality and enhance the way we live day-to-day. There are so many unique touches we wanted incorporated into our home, and Vin-Yet hit every mark, making it a true custom home. The attention to all the little details makes a huge difference. We love our house!



Neo Burrito Interior Upfit 3,800 sf w/ open-air dining patio Completed in 2011 Style – Industrial Budget - $550k Challenges – Intertwining Neo Burrito’s established industrial/ bohemian brand with the up-scale brand of the Biltmore Park Development. The project uses reclaimed rain water, recycled concrete, glass and repurposed metal beams to create an environmentally sensitive restaurant that focuses on minimal ecological impact from its construction to the food service.



Shiland Residence Complete Interior Remodel 4,031 sf heated (5,274 under roof) Completed in 2012 Style – Vintage Budget – $200k Challenges – It is always difficult to take an existing shell and redefine the spaces within. People in the 1950’s lived drastically different from how we do today; and this floor plan illustrated that. Opening the kitchen and adding some modern amenities were of the utmost importance to this client, all the while, keeping budget in mind.




First Restoration Interior Upfit & Design Package 7,200 sf including a breakout room and training room Completed in 2011 Style – Modern Budget - $725k Challenges - FRS wanted to show case their ability to transform the most damaged structures into distinguished rooms of the highest caliber. This project is highlighted by its suspended articulated plywood ceiling that conforms its shape to the program of the space, services as an acoustical element and discreetly hides the HVAC, Audio and accent lighting.


Golfview Residence New Construction, as well as outdoor living spaces designed 3,676 sf heated (5,908 under roof) Completed in 2012 Style – Mediterranean Budget – $700k Challenges – This client from Pennsylvania had very specific ideas on how they wanted their house to look; it was our job to hone in on the details and create beautiful living spaces and moments. The topography of this lot, situated on a tee box in Tega Cay, South Carolina, was extremely steep, but presented great opportunities to design breathtaking outdoor spaces as well.



NBEO & NCCTO Complete Upfit for an entire high rise floor 22,000 sf heated Completed in 2011 Style – Contemporary Office and PseudoMedical Budget – $1.4 million Challenges – CThis project had a myriad of challenges to work through. The National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO) is the testing branch of The National Board of Examiners in Optometry., who’s primary purpose is the licensing of new Optometrist throughout the United States. In the past, there were 9 testing sites scattered throughout the country. We were charged with the task of creating one new facility to house both the testing center (NCCTO) as well as the governing body (NBEO) on one 22,000 square foot floor in a high rise in Uptown Charlotte. While these two factions are closely related, there were very restrictive security and interaction requirements, physically providing separate areas for the staff, standardized patients and testing candidates. The budget for this project was very closely monitored by a board of directors, which introduced of creative options to save money.





Raleigh Morganton Black Mountain Goldsboro

Asheville Office

Rock Hill/Charlotte Office

Greenville Onslow/Carteret County

Columbia Myrtle Beach

designing the carolinas Charleston Office

When we embarked on building our first custom home, we thought we would use prepared drawings available for purchase. We soon learned that for a home to be truly “custom”, it needed the interaction of both the design wishes of the homeowners and a talented architect who would incorporate those ideas presented into a working model; enter Vin-Yet Architecture. Working with vin-yet was a true pleasure. Nothing was too much. Moves and changes painless. Responsiveness gets an “A+” and the final product an absolute wonder to behold. We would heartily recommend Vin-Yet for your next design project!




2460 India Hook Road Ste. 201-D Rock Hill South Carolina 29732 803.324.5531


263 King Street Ste. C Charleston South Carolina 29401 843.619.7662

www . vin-yet . com

Vin-Yet Architecture Booklet  

A selection of our commercial and residential work throughout the Carolinas.

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