3690 Bohicket Rd. Suite 3A
Johns Island, SC 29455



Zach grew up in middle Tennessee and began vacationing in Charleston in the mid 1960s where his love affair with the lowcountry began. His career decision was enhanced by working construction jobs during high school summers. He graduated with honors from The University of Tennessee School of Architecture in 1981. His education also was broadened by foreign studies in conjunction with Oxford University in England and travels throughout Europe during military service.

Following graduation he worked at three different Architectural firms with experience in both the residential and commercial fields. By 1990 Zach had decided the residential aspect suited him and formed his own practice in Nashville.

The work was satisfying yet something was still missing. He and his wife Ann both loved the lowcountry and just had to get there. In May of 1992 they sold out and along with their golden retriever Kate, boarded their 38’ sailboat,”Dogs Life” in Clearwater, Fl. bound for Charleston following a year cruising the Caribbean. They made port at Bohicket Marina and called it home. Zach, full of new inspiration, kept his boat shoes on and donned his Architectural hat. The cruise had imparted upon Zach a true awareness and love for nature which finds its way into his designs today.

Zach is a member of The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and The Charleston Residential Architects Network(CRAN-AIA). When not designing houses he enjoys woodworking, fishing and sailing “Dogs Life”. Zach currently lives on Bohicket Creek with Ann, golden retriever Boca and Taco the cat.

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Boca was born in Columbia SC and never seemed to grow up. Early on she focused on water sports and continues today with great enthusiasm. She voluntarily joined Zach T. Carney Architects as Senior Paper Shredder and quickly was promoted to Chief of Security.

When asked what inspires her she replied WOOF WOOF. If you were a dog you would understand stupid.

Now at age 91 when not working she enjoys water, taking the skin off of tennis balls, eating oyster shells and barnacles and her favorite – long- long couch naps.


TJ grew up just off the shores of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana, finding inspiration early on in the works of great Chicago architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. Knowing he wanted to create and contribute to the built environment, TJ attended Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning where he received degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Design.  BSU offered a wide range of opportunities that shaped TJ’s love of architecture, including time spent in Italy working with the City of Terni to provide design ideas for repurposing a once forgotten factory, and a summer working at the Unity Temple in Oak Park Illinois, in which he spent hours archiving and studying the works of architectural legend, Frank Lloyd Wright.

After graduating BSU in 2000, TJ decided to expand his horizons and began a new adventure in the captivating city of Boston, Massachusetts. What he initially expected to be a six-month foray into Boston architecture and history, turned into twelve years of experience working on a range of projects including corporate interiors, historical preservation, and high-end residential design.  Finding his niche in custom residential work, TJ’s work has been featured in multiple books in the Not So Big House series, including the cover of Not So Big Remodeling.

After marrying in the spring of 2011, TJ and his wife Lara were ready to leave the cold winters of Boston and start the next chapters of their lives.  The search began for a city that offered the history and charisma of Boston and Chicago, yet exuded the warmth and hospitality that only the south could provide.  Charleston quickly captured their hearts and in the summer of 2013, TJ joined Zach T Carney Architects as an associate designer and project manager.

TJ is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and serves on the steering committee of the Charleston Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN-AIA).  In his free time TJ enjoys cooking, gardening, photography, and exploring the Lowcountry with Lara and their newborn baby girl Samantha.

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