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An Architectural Practice in Mobile Alabama since 1960.

The Owner/Principal Architect, John A. McArthur, Jr., was graduated from Georgia Tech. in 1950 with a B. S. in Architecture and worked up through the ranks from Draftsman to Chief Designer in Atlanta before moving to Mobile in 1960 to start a firm with William Letson. In 1971 Letson-McArthur merged with 3 other local architects to form The Architects Group/inc. In 1978 John McArthur and Tom Shepherd left TAG and formed Shepherd And McArthur Architects, p.c. which became known in the local market as SAM. In 1998, after Tom Shepherd’s retirement, the company was renamed sam/architects, p.c.

Other key personnel are; John A. McArthur III (Sandy), a graduate of Auburn University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Architecture. Sandy has been with the company since 1982 and is in the final stages of the Internship Development Program. Christopher N. Lunsford, a graduate of Mississippi State in 1998 with a Bachelor of Architecture, Chris has been with the company since 1997 and is presently working in the Internship Development Program. Nancy Myers is the Office Manager/Accountant/Secretary and has been with the company since 1997.

We have been using word processing since 1984 and CADD since 1987. Our original stand-alone machine has evolved into a 6 station local network and 3 more stations outside of the office. We have developed a system that is flexible enough to allow us to incorporate the various drawing and specification systems that are required by our Postal Service work and Military work. We have been using the Internet since 1995 to share files with our consultants, and send e-mails. We can be reached via e-mail at,, and

The “work accomplished” contained in our Brochure, and available to potentail clients upon request, attest to the variety and number of projects that form the base of experience from which this firm functions.

Experience that has developed the expertise in materials, methods and the translation of client requirements into attractive, functional and economical buildings.

We thank you for spending the time to get to know us and we welcome further inquiry.

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