Ryan Yurcaba – Land Planning & Envisioning

Written by John Hillman

On April 29, 2018


The Architect

Ryan was born to an artistic, industrious family and can vividly recall his first exposure to architecture at age 4, when his father and grandfather, “armed with little more than determination”, designed and built a house. He credits observing this process with awakening his desire to create. With a passion for traditional design rooted in his upbringing in Beaufort, South Carolina, Ryan enthusiastically joined Historical Concepts in 1999 after receiving a Bachelor of Design from Clemson University. Spurred on by his work at Historical Concepts, he decided to return to school for the more specific study of classical architecture. Ryan earned his Master in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. Following graduation, he chose to explore a new-found interest in traditional planning and civic architecture at Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2013, Ryan returned to Historical Concepts, bringing with him new perspective and knowledge, as well as an understanding of how “tradition” can evolve places, rather than being just a part of their history. He is a Certified Planner, a member of the American Planning Association, and is an involved member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Outside of his professional endeavors, Ryan can be found bicycling, kayaking, or tinkering in his workshop.


In Ryan’s Words

“My vision for Crane Island is that we are creating a place that not only protects the land that was here before us but to also create a place where the architecture will stand the test of time and be a reason why people will want to be here” 




After completing our second round of tours through the 2019 Southern Living Idea House, we donated proceeds from ticket sales to our very own Main Street Society in Amelia Island.

The River House

The River House

Crane Island’s River House is the gathering place for the Island. A scale fitting of the 113 property owners who will live here. A place to meet friends, share the tales of the day. A place to work out, a place to swim a lap, a place to watch the sun go down and celebrate the day you just lived. Come and explore the details of The River House from detailed plans, animation and inspiration images. We hope you enjoy.