Lawrence Group's Austin office was founded in 1999 by I. Earl Swisher, AIA, with a focus on the creation of exceptional and socially-enriching architecture for our clients and their communities. The Austin office is part of Lawrence Group’s national network, which includes partner offices in Charlotte; New York, NY and St. Louis, MO. With over 160 staff in our 5 offices, we are able to leverage both physical and intellectual resources to provide our clients with tailored architectural services to meet their specific needs.

The Austin office defines itself through its long-running client relationships and the completed work that has resulted from these relationships. Our project experience includes Higher Education, Municipal / Civic, Corporate, Health Care, Urban Mixed-Use, Multi-Family & Custom Residential.

I. Earl Swisher, AIA, provides hands on involvement and design leadership on all projects from inception through completion. Representative projects include addition/renovations to Austin’s George Washington Carver, Terrazas and Manchaca Branch Libraries; the Northwest and Metz Recreation Centers; PeopleFund’s Center for Economic Opportunity, and 6th & Brushy Mixed-Use Development where our offices are located. Lawrence Group recently completed the Belo Center for New Media and KUT’s Public Media Studio for The University of Texas at Austin, which opened to students in the fall of 2012.


Lawrence Group Austin has received numerous awards and has been published extensively, including:


  • American Institute of Architects, Austin Chapter, Merit Design Award – Belo Center for New Media, UT Austin
  • Austin Business Journal’s Top 25 Largest Architecture Firms, 2011 & 2012
  • American School & University Magazine Educational Interior Design Excellence Recognition – Henry S. Terrazas Branch Library

On The Boards

  • Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center, Sam Houston State University
  • Jesse H. Jones Communication Center Renovations, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Office for Intersys Consulting, Austin, TX
  • Carver Museum, Juneteenth Memorial, City of Austin