80+ Years


Established in 1935 by Herbert E. Duncan Sr. of Leawood, Kansas, Stark Wilson Duncan Architects Inc is the oldest architectural firm in the greater Kansas City area and the third oldest in the state of Missouri.

In 2015 Stark Wilson Duncan Architects celebrated its 80th anniversary. Herbert E. Duncan, Sr. began as a sole practitioner, creating custom designs for the first 300 homes in what is now considered old Leawood. Duncan Sr. specialized in the design of single family residences and large multi-family housing projects.

In 1957, Herb Duncan, Jr. joined his father’s architectural practice and began to expand its practice into other fields of architecture. In the 1960’s and 70’s residential design remained the primary focus of the firm’s practice, and in the 1980’s commercial office buildings, shopping centers, educational facilities, museum design and master planning became a part of the firm’s portfolio.

1999, Paul Stark and Tim Wilson became principal owners of the firm; under their supervision SWD has continued its ongoing dedication to each client, to each project, to architecture, and to the pursuit of excellence.

Stark Wilson Duncan Architects is a full service architectural firm located on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.

We provide architectural design services for public, commercial and residential clients, with an emphasis on master planning, multi-family housing, historic restoration / adaptive reuse, office and restaurant design.