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DWL Honored with Two Arizona Masonry Excellence Awards

The Arizona Masonry Guild honored Mesa Community College’s Art Gallery with the Citation Award, in the Non-Residential category, at the 25th Annual Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards Banquet.

Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Equine and Bovine Center took home the Honors Award in the Non-Residential category.

Congratulations Maricopa County Community College District and Midwestern University as well as our Project Teams on these achievements!


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September 26, 2016 0 Comments

NAU Accepts Arizona Forward Award

Congratulations to our friends at Northern Arizona University and our Project Team for winning Arizona Forward’s 2016 Environmental Excellence – Award of Merit – for the NAU Student and Academic (SAS) Building!

[The Award of Merit was received under the category Building and Structures – Commercial & Institutional].

NAU Student and Academic Services Building




August 10, 2016 0 Comments

2016 Phoenix Canstruction Recap

DWL Architects + Planners, Schaefer Engineering and International Tension Structures teamed up to support local hunger for this year’s Phoenix Canstruction Event. The overarching theme for our team’s structure was, “Ending Hunger: It Shouldn’t Be Rocket Science.”

The lofty vision of space travel appears often in our advertising, in our news, and even in our cartoons. While it’s admirable to aim for the stars, there is a greater goal that everyone on Earth can help achieve: Ending Hunger. Our 10-foot rocket is fueled and ready to reach new heights, contributing more than 2,500 cans of food that will go to St. Mary’s Food Bank. We selected our cans not only for their colors, but also for their healthful benefits: energizing vegetables, proteins, and carbohydrates. We even threw in some cans of fiery peppers to provide that extra kick all rockets require. But this is not science fiction… The tools and technology exist today to put an end to hunger – one can at a time.

Congratulations to our 2016 Canstruction Team for taking home the award for, “Best Use of Labels” for our Ending Hunger: It Shouldn’t Be Rocket Science structure.

Voting has ended but check out the other structures on the Phoenix Canstruction Facebook Page.

The rocket wouldn’t have been able to launch if it wasn’t for our generous sponsors who played a big part in helping our team launch this rocket!



Armstrong Ceiling Solutions
Design One Architects
Ganett Flemming
Hensel Phelps
Karen Ratliff with ASE / KPFF
Premier Engineering Corporation
PRI Graphics
Rider Levett Bucknall
The Shaw Group
Spectrum Engineers
Stuckey & Company Insurance
The CK Group
USG Group

Help Us Congratulate our Newest Associates!

We are excited to announce we have added four new associates to our DWL Leadership Team. Please help us congratulate Jenia Lynn, Mary Ann Modzelewski, Athavan Rajasundaram and Sean Warfield on their accomplishments and promotions. Each new associate has possessed leadership qualities and taken the initiative to help move our firm forward. They join 13 other leadership members in guiding our firm into the next chapter of DWL Architects + Planners.



August 3, 2016 0 Comments

Come work with us!

Here at DWL, we are architects and designers. We are problem solvers and doers and we believe in the process. We are local and have been for more than 60 years. We believe in this community and serve many organizations. Our clients are our number one priority. We are stewards of collaboration and sustainability. And our people tell our story best.

We are looking for creative, forward-thinking candidates. Upcoming projects at DWL offer an opportunity to participate in all facets of diverse project types, many of them significant and high profile in and around Arizona.


Check out our open positions below.  

Project Architect //

DWL Architects is seeking to enhance our staff with a dynamic individual with notable design and technical skills. This candidate should possess mid-level experience and the willingness to work on a variety of project types.

Education: A minimum 5-year professional degree in Architecture from an accredited university program is preferred.

Experience: 5-15 years in a professional design office setting. Revit and presentation graphic software experience is required. Experience with large public projects is also beneficial. Must be a Registered Architect or have the ability and qualifications to become registered.

Project Intern //

DWL Architects is seeking to add an architectural intern who will thrive in an atmosphere that encourages creativity and rewards self-motivation; a person who can be an integral part of a team whether it consists of one person or twenty.

Education: A minimum five-year professional degree in Architecture from an accredited university program is preferred.

Experience: 1-5 years in a professional design office setting. Skill with Revit, presentation graphic software and hand drawing is preferred. Experience with large public projects is also beneficial.


For more information or to apply, please email your resume/portfolio or questions to: or

DWL Architects + Planners, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.





Banner Health Opens New Health Center in Phoenix at Greenway and Tatum

DWL Architects + Planners is proud to be a part of another exciting Banner Health project. The recently opened 13,700 square foot facility features 14 exam rooms, basic imaging and laboratory services. For more details on how Banner Health is expanding across the Valley, read more here.

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NAU SAS Achieves LEED Gold

Northern Arizona University’s Student and Academic Services (SAS) Building has recently been awarded LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building is now among more than 3,600 higher education projects that are certified.

DWL Architects + Planners designed the new 94,000 SF, four-story facility that opened in 2016. The building is home to the University’s new One-Stop-Shop Student Services Center, Undergraduate Admissions and the Lumberjack Mathematics Center. Located in the heart of campus, this facility celebrates the unique attributes of its surrounding and institutional environment.

Some sustainable strategies used in the NAU SAS Building broken down by the LEED categories include:

  • Sustainable Sites: The first floor is elevated above the recorded 100-year
    floodplain to minimize issues associated with potential flooding.
  • Water Efficiency: Utilization of native and adapted plants, along with zoning
    low-water use species together helped reduce total water for irrigation by 74.54%,
    saving more than 97 gallons of water annually.
  • Materials & Resources: 16.09% of the building’s materials and products
    were extracted, harvested and manufactured regionally, within 500 miles
    of the project site.
  • Innovation in Design: The building has two main stairs, with accompanying
    signage that encourages occupants to use the stairs instead of elevators,
    promoting an active environment for all users.


“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The NAU Student and Academic Services Building efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

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Two DWL Projects Proudly Receive AZ Masonry Honor

Midwestern University’s (MWU) Equine and Bovine Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Art Gallery at Mesa Community College (MCC) are both proud project recipients of this year’s Arizona Masonry Guild’s Excellence in Masonry and Architectural Awards program. The Arizona Masonry Guild is a non-profit masonry association formed in 1958, to promote the quality use of masonry materials, workmanship, designs and codes for the residential and commercial construction markets.

To learn more about these two projects, visit their page @


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MWU Equine and Bovine Center – Equine Barns and Pasture

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MWU Equine and Bovine Center – Bovine Shade Structure and Barn

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Midwestern University’s Equine and Bovine Center – Equine Wing

MCC Art Gallery

Mesa Community College Art Gallery – South Elevation

MCC Art Gallery

MCC Art Gallery – Masonry Wall Detail

MCC Art Gallery

MCC Art Gallery – North Masonry Wall Detail

NAU SAS has been awarded two Interior Lighting Campaign Awards

Northern Arizona University’s Student and Academic Services Building was awarded by the Interior Lighting Campaign in two categories: Best Use of Lighting Controls in a single building and Exemplary Higher Education Sector Site.

NAU’s SAS building features LED lighting, extensive energy-saving controls and daylight harvesting.

“The marketplace is seeing a rapid adoption of highly-efficient indoor lighting and green leasing practices, as the price of cutting edge technologies and the risk of creative market approaches continue to decline,” said Kathleen Hogan, DOE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency.


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Read more about this award on NAU’s website.

The Terminal Optimization Program (TOP) @ Tucson International Airport Breaks Ground

The official groundbreaking ceremony for ‘A Brighter TUS’ took place took place June 6, 2016. We are honored to be a part of this exciting project at Tucson International Airport. The project is estimated to be complet by November 2017.

 TUS Ground Breaking

More project information can be found here:

New MWU College of Veterinary Medicine Photography!

Check out our latest photography of Midwestern University’s, College of Veterinary Medicine! Thank you, Kyle Zirkus Photography.

Click below to find out more about these projects:
MWU Equine & Bovine Center – Glendale
MWU Cactus Wren Hall – Glendale
MWU Companion Animal Clinic – Glendale


DWL Partner, Sandra Kukla, Honored with the President’s Award at the 2016 AzAA Spring Conference

Sandra Kukla, a Partner at DWL Architects + Planners, was honored with the President’s Award at the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) Spring Conference this month in Flagstaff, Arizona. The President’s Award is for a special recipient solely selected by the President. The award recipient is someone who has given many hours to the membership or toward to the mission of the AzAA, or someone who has been inspirational and supportive. Previously recognized with the same honor in 2012 as Associate Director of AzAA, Sandra has been involved with the organization for several years.

“As the outgoing President of AzAA, I selected Sandy for her consistent dedication and readiness to take on whatever needs help or commitment to make it happen.  Her positive attitude and composed personality is admired. I appreciated her welcome when I first joined the organization and I am appreciative for her professionalism today. Sandy’s love, not only for the profession but for her family, was another quality and example I wanted to recognize to let her know we all appreciate how she juggles it all.”

– Gladys Wiggins, C.M., Airport Director of Yuma International Airport

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Tucson Int’l. Airport Approves $28M Terminal Revamp

“The Tucson Airport Authority board has approved a multi-phase, $28.3 million terminal improvement project that will expand Tucson International Airport’s security checkpoint areas, add concessions in post-security areas and improve critical infrastructure.”

Read Full Article.  Article by Tucson.Com -Arizona Daily Star

Or to learn more about this project visit our project page @ Tucson International Airport – Terminal Optimization Program


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