C+TC Design Studio

James F. Culpepper

Senior Principal, AIA, LEED AP

Jim Culpepper, AIA, LEED AP merges the disciplines of architecture and interior design to shape both the structural and decorative look of spaces. The result is planning precision that achieves a balance in drama and function, required by the exacting demands of hotel construction budgets. Examples of completed projects include the Primland Lodge, the Anza Hotel Calabasas, and Regent Bal Harbour. His studio is currently engaged in the five-star Huntsman Springs Lodge in Driggs, Idaho. Additionally, Jim is presently engaged in the design of several luxury senior living projects including All Seasons Naples and All Seasons Oro Valley.

After graduating from Georgia Tech in 1977, he gained insightful experience from working with international architects. His work as a young architect honed his expertise in hotel design and introduced him to the challenges and innovation that accompany such projects. He recognizes that each project represents a dream for his clients, and his goal is to translate these dreams into reality. His projects have been featured in the New York Times and USA Today. Jim relaxes away from C+TC by playing the guitar, golfing, and working on home renovation projects.

Billie P. Thorne

Principal, ASID

Billie Thorne, ASID, is a top designer with particular expertise in interior architecture for renovations and new construction in the hospitality world. Her success in exceeding client expectations while meeting client needs and budget is demonstrated with the exceptional execution of such projects as the award-winning Westin Birmingham and Omni William Penn.

In 1989, Billie earned her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas in Austin. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is NCIDQ Certified. Billie takes great pleasure in creating innovative and exciting spaces for her clients. Billie is incomparable in helping clients articulate their vision and in understanding all the nuances, both big and small, of the project. Away from the studio, Billie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and participating in the Ironman triathlon.

William E. Cox

Principal, AIA, LEED AP

William Cox, AIA, LEED AP specializes in base building architecture and renovation design for hospitality, senior living, multi-family, interior architecture, and space planning projects. Bill believes that properly designed buildings can improve the lives and experiences of the people who interact with them and his work on the Marriott Crabtree Valley Raleigh and the Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel showcases that interplay. As a forward thinking architect, Bill is driven to create new and exciting spaces and places for people to experience.

In 1988, Bill earned his Bachelor of Science from Georgia Tech and remained at the institution to obtain his Masters in Architecture in 1992. An active member of professional architectural organizations, Bill received a Presidential Citation from AIA Georgia and has earned many certificates of appreciation from the organization. When he is not engaged in these projects and research, Bill offers his spare time in community service working as a volunteer with charitable organizations.