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Airport Improvement Magazine

Check out our most recent featured project – PHX Terminal 3 Modernization – in Airport Improvement Magazine!



April 1, 2019 0 Comments

What an incredible night!

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate DWL’s 70th anniversary. From plane rides to our new logo reveal it truly was a spectacular night!


March 13, 2019 0 Comments

Here are three fun facts about DWL as we celebrate our upcoming 70th Anniversary!

1.) DWL was founded in 1949

2.) DWL was first known and established as Weaver & Drover

3.) We began operation from a garage studio (pictured below)

(Photo from left to right: Dick Drover, Herman Jacobi, & Frederick Weaver)

#7decadesofdesign #dwlcelebrates70years #dwlarchitects


March 7, 2019 0 Comments

DWL Architects Celebrates 7 Decades of Design [1949-2019]

#7decadesofdesign #dwlcelebrates70years #dwlarchitects

Dwight Todd’s Retirement Party

DWL Architects celebrates the retirement of longtime friend and principal Dwight Todd.

Todd has worked at DWL for nearly 30 years and contributed his lifework to the higher education and healthcare industries as our Executive Vice President. Since 1995, he has focused almost exclusively on projects at Midwestern University at both the Arizona and Illinois campuses. Todd leaves DWL strongly positioned and experienced in the relationship between educational facilities and the opportunities that lay for its students.

Thank you for all you have done, and we wish you all the best Dwight!


November 20, 2018 0 Comments

Design Firm of the Year

In attendance at the ENR Southwest awards banquet luncheon to accept our award for ENR Southwest Design Firm of the Year! Congrats team!

November 7, 2018 0 Comments

DWL Promotes Two New Associates

Help us congratulate our newly promoted Associates Shawn Filip and Michael Hauer!


As a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional with over 13 years of experience with aviation projects, Shawn’s in-depth understanding of the intricacies of an airport allows him to translate needs and requirements into a functional space. He works closely with each team member to solve technical challenges and transform a project’s design into an effective solution. As an expert in aviation planning, Shawn has played an integral role on many of the aviation projects throughout our office, including the recent $430M Terminal 3 Modernization at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Starting his architectural career in 2007, Michael’s keen ability for creativity and problem solving has been an important element in the success of his projects. Michael excels at leading teams through technically-challenging projects and ‘untangling’ them so that the resulting design is clean, simple, attractive and highly functional. He understands a project’s requirements, from pre-design through construction administration, and is able to define a clear strategy to execute those tasks. With an emphasis on efficiency and the desire to utilize design tools to their fullest potential, Michael manages design and document production through a comprehensive Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach.

September 14, 2018 0 Comments


DWL Architects + Planners, Inc. is looking to add entry level architectural staff and experienced project architects to our team.

Entry Level Architects

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

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

Experience: 1-3 years in a professional design office setting.  Skill with Revit and presentation graphic software is preferred.  Experience with large public projects is also beneficial.  Upcoming projects at DWL offer an opportunity to participate in all facets of a diverse assortment of project types, many of them significant, high profile projects.

Project Architects

DWL Architects is seeking a Project Architect to join our Phoenix office. Depending on experience and the size of the project, the candidate will lead projects or be an integral member of a collaborative design team.

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

Experience: 3-15 years in a professional design office setting.  Revit and presentation graphic software experience is required.  Experience with public projects is also beneficial.  Must be a Registered Architect or have the ability and qualifications to become registered.

Why join the DWL team?

  • Competitive compensation
  • Benefits Package that includes Medical, dental, vision, life, short and long-term disability insurance, supplementary insurance, 401k with matching employer contribution
  • Flexible work hours with half-day Fridays
  • Professional growth environment including interest groups for design, sustainability, BIM, ARE prep, new materials/product sessions and more
  • Work with a diverse, knowledgeable, collaborative team on some of the best projects in the state and nationwide

To Apply

Please e-mail cover letter, resume and references to Vicky Ramella at  Please indicate the position you are applying for into the subject line. Salary will commensurate with experience and ability.


2018 Canstruction ‘Best Meal’ Award

DWL Architects, Schaefer Engineering and Floor Associates, are thrilled to have won the 2018 Phoenix CANSTRUCTION® award for ‘Best Meal’.

We would like to thank our sponsors once again for helping make this year a huge success!

Silver Level Sponsors: Floor Associates, Schaefer, LSW Engineers, Arizona Lighting, Superlite an Oldcastle Company, Maglin Site Furniture, HuntAustin, and Forms+Surfaces.

Friend Level Sponsors: Acker-Stone Industries, Allegion, ARC Document Solutions, Daltile, Dave Bang Associates, Dave Wooster, Fry’s Food Stores, Granite Express, Jay Harris, Kelly Reese, Landscape Forms, Pioneer Industries, PRI Graphics, and 115 Degrees West.

All of the non-perishable items used during Phoenix CANSTRUCTION® 2018 are donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank to help fill the more than 400,000 Emergency Food Boxes St. Mary’s distributes into the community annually.


Jet Pull 2014

The DWL Team pulled an Airbus A319 to raise money for the United Way at the 11th Annual “Hope Takes Flight” Jet Pull.

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