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2024 George Matsumoto Prize

Click the link below to check out our entry, "House on the Rocks", for the NC Modernist Matsumoto Prize Competition!







Hunter Paul Coffey Architecture, PLLC is a licensed, full-service architecture and design firm, located in Boone, North Carolina.  Under the direction of Hunter Coffey, a native of the North Carolina High Country with over twenty-five years of experience in a variety of project types, the firm is dedicated to creating meaningful, carefully considered, accessible, and complete designs.


We are looking for creative individuals to become part of our architectural design studio here in the high country! Go to our blog page for more information!


Hunter is a native of Boone, North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in Design from Clemson University, where he participated in the CAC program in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated with Senior Departmental Honors. His graduate work, culminating in the design of a Center for Appalachian Culture, earned Hunter a professional degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University.

His interest in design and travel led Hunter to pursue his architectural career in various places. Among those were architectural firms in London, England and Laufen, Switzerland. While living and working abroad, he traveled and studied architecture throughout Western Europe.

In 1995, Hunter moved to the North Carolina coast. He spent eleven years there, contributing to the growth and success of Wilmington-based Kersting Architecture and developing a portfolio of work focused on highly-crafted, custom residential and commercial design.

In 2006 Hunter returned to the North Carolina High Country to open a branch office and, in 2008, he purchased the office to establish Hunter Paul Coffey Architecture, PLLC. In addition to directing the architectural firm, Hunter also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment at Appalachian State University, a community Architectural Review Board Consultant, and a volunteer with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity.


Brean, originally from Grand Rapids Michigan, joined the Coffey Architecture team in the spring of 2017. She received her Master degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Detroit, MI. Brean worked professionally in Detroit for 5 years, engaging the community through good design. She has enjoyed traveling to both experience and share her architectural interests across the world. Florence, Italy, New York City, NY and Havana, Cuba are among a few places where she has shared her work. As a young Architect at Coffey Architecture, Brean enjoys working through the unique challenge of each project. The individual needs of Coffey Architecture clients become the inspiration which forms the High Country's built environment, inspiring creativity and thoughtfulness in design. 


Joel, from Johnson City, Tennessee, obtained his Associates degree in Building and Construction Technology, and B.S. in Graphics and Engineering Modeling from Eastern Tennessee State University. He has lived in the high country of North Carolina with his wife and three children since 1981. Joel joined Coffey Architecture in early 2019, and brings over 45 years of experience from the fields of construction and architecture to every project.



Alexandra, originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, joined the Coffey Architecture team in the fall of 2021. She received her Bachelor’s in Interior Design from Appalachian State University with a Minor in Building Science. At Appalachian she became involved in the IDEXlab and began cultivating a passion for architecture, which has grown since her career at Coffey began. She is currently taking online courses to complete a masters degree in architecture on a path towards licensure. 


Pamela, from Charlotte, North Carolina, joined Coffey Architecture in the fall of 2019. She keeps the office up and running with over 15 years of experience in office management that she brings to the Coffey Architecture team. 



Chloe, originally from Traverse City, Michigan, joined the Coffey Architecture team in the summer of 2022. She received her Bachelor’s in Interior Design from Appalachian State University and has lived in the high country for 6 years. With her experience in IDEXlab during her studies, she learned how to successfully work in a multidisciplinary environment. Chloe believes in human centered, intentional and inclusive design, and is dedicated to ensuring each project has these elements.


An essential part of Coffey Architecture are the talented interior designers, aspiring architects and developing building science students that provide the firm with new skill sets and fresh design strategies to keep the firm current in the ever-changing building industry.


Our firm’s primary mission is the pursuit of "good design.

Good design improves peoples’ lives.

Design’s fundamental responsibility is to provide solutions to problems. Good design provides meaningful solutions. It may offer a better way to do something. It may conserve resources. It may add tangible value, or it may solve a problem in a “poetic” way. Whatever our clients’ aspirations happen to be, we take great care to understand them and create designs that are specifically tailored to them.

Good design should be accessible.

Good design should not just be a luxury item. Rather, it should create the greatest value, given the resources available. As a result, we try to offer good design to the broadest audience possible, by making or services available to clients possessing varying degrees of resources and by seeking to, positively, influence our built environment both directly and indirectly.

Good design requires extra care.

We are fortunate to work with many clients who value good design and allow us to create exceptional pieces of architecture for them. To meet the desires of discerning clients, we take great care in our work. To fully develop our designs, we pursue a high level of detail and quality in our work. To ensure that our attention to quality and detail is successfully applied, we offer attentive service to our clients from project inception through the completion of construction.

Good design should shape as much of our environment as possible.

Our work doesn’t stop at the front door. While architecture is the foundation and focus of our practice, we see it as part of a broad spectrum of design opportunities. Therefore, we concern ourselves not just with our buildings but, also, the things that influence the use and experience of them. In addition to creating, what is traditionally considered, “architecture”, we offer a variety of services that are “related to architecture”.

High Country Home Magazine

           - Promontory House

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High Country Magazine

           - Fife Renovation

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High Country Press

- HCHBA Playhouse Project

           Eden Pavilion

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High Country Press

- Mountain Modern - Pavilion House

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High Country Press

- Grandfather Mountain Growth Chart

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Coffey Architecture, PLLC offers an extensive range of architectural services, including:

Site Analysis and Selection


Conceptual Design and Master Planning

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Helping the client determine where to build and the best layout based on site conditions.



Helping the client assess their needs, desires, and resources to determine what to build.



Development of a design strategy based on design criteria.

Schematic Design

Presentation Graphics and Models

Design Development

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Implementing a design strategy to produce a design.

Developing a schematic design into an architectural solution.

Producing project representations in the form of hand drawings, computer images, and models for marketing, publication, etc.

Construction Documents

Bidding and Negotiating

Interior Architecture

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Designing and developing interior finishes, details, millwork, and custom furniture.

Producing documents from which a project can be built, including the coordination of design consultants.

Helping the client and builder with construction cost estimating and securing a construction contract.

Construction Administration

As-Builts / Record Documents

Architectural Review Consultation


Client representation, design assistance, and interpreting and clarifying construction documents during the construction process.

Producing scaled drawings and descriptions of existing structures.

Creating and coordinating project information presented for architectural review and approval.

Owner's Manuals

Compiling drawings and information needed for the occupation and use of a facility.



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