Founded in 1949, DWL began as the two-man, residential design partnership of Richard E. Drover and Frederick P. Weaver.
The two met while working for Edward L. Varney Associates. After Weaver’s death in 1968, the firm of Weaver & Drover reorganized as Drover, Welch & Lindlan Architects. In 1984 the firm became known as DWL Architects + Planners, Inc.
Today DWL is a large regional practice, and one of the oldest locally owned and operated firms in Phoenix.
DWL has designed many familiar buildings in Arizona. These include such iconic structures as Arizona State University’s Charles Trumbull Hayden Library and Pedestrian Mall (1966) and Wells Fargo Arena (1974, formerly the University Activity Center), the Burton Barr Central Library (1995 – bruderDWLarchitects), and Terminals 2, 3 and 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (1962 – with Lescher & Mahoney, 1979 and 1990).