Established in 1935, SWD Architects Inc. is a comprehensive architectural firm located in the historic Country Club Plaza of Kansas City, Missouri. With a prominent presence in the Midwest, SWD caters to diverse clientele encompassing commercial, residential, and public sectors.
In the 1980’s and 90’s the firm’s residential, historic and master planning experience was exemplified with the first multi-phased master plan redevelopment of the River Market in Kansas City. SWD provided historic restoration and adaptive reuse designs for most of the buildings residing on Delaware and Walnut, new parks, a museum, and complete renovation of the entire City Market. A residential community of 300 units was established with an additional 1,200 units added in the final phase. SWD has been the architect for most of the phases and was the architect of record for the newest heavy timber framed building in the River Market, a 32 unit condominium building.
Since 1999, principals Paul Stark and Tim Wilson have led the design efforts of SWD and have been the architects of over 100 historic projects. They also have provided design services for multiple existing and new construction projects. Their focus and vision for rehabilitation of neglected buildings in urban settings has played a major role in creating new in-city neighborhoods, revitalizing existing deteriorated urban areas and the preservation of historically significant structures.
Stark Wilson Duncan Architects Inc has had several different names and a long list of clients throughout the years. These clients have given us the opportunity to design many buildings for themselves and for others. We look forward to the years ahead with the same dedication to each and every one of our clients, to each project, to architecture and to the pursuit of excellence.
Founded by Herbert E. Duncan Sr.
Established in 1935 by Herbert E. Duncan Sr. of Leawood, Kansas. He 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.
Herb Duncan Jr. Joins Practice
Herb Duncan, Jr. joined his father’s architectural practice and began to expand its practice into other fields of architecture.
Residential Design Focus
Residential design remained the primary focus of the firm’s practice. The firm designed a myriad of award winning multi-family housing projects.
Firm Portfolio Expands
Commercial office buildings, shopping centers, educational facilities, museum design and master planning became a part of the firm’s portfolio.
KC River Market Redevelopment Exemplifies Firm
The firm’s residential, historic and master planning experience was exemplified with the first multi-phased master plan redevelopment of the River Market in Kansas City.
Principals Paul Stark and Tim Wilson Lead SWD
Principals Paul Stark and Tim Wilson have led the design efforts of SWD and have been the architects of over 100 historic projects.
Celebrating 89 Years
SWD Architects, Inc. is the oldest architectural firm in the greater Kansas City area and the third oldest in the state of Missouri.