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Who We Are

Swallowtail Architecture is an Award-Winning Architectural Firm in the Lowcountry Specializing in Architecture for Residential and Boutique Commercial Projects.

At Swallowtail Architecture we are known for our inspired designs that merge the beautiful with the sensible. The firm was started in 2012 by Founder and Principal Architect Rachel Burton. Burton has worked locally in South Carolina for nearly 20 years and prior to starting Swallowtail, she worked for some of the areas most prestigious firms.  Swallowtail’s portfolio of projects include the design of custom new homes, historic restorations, whole house renovations, additions, and commercial projects in the best parts of the Lowcountry.  We have designed homes on Sullivan’s Island, in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, on Kiawah Island, Daniel Island, and Seabrook Island, and in Isle of Palms and Historic Charleston.

The Best Architectural Firm in Charleston vote in The Post and Courier Charleston Choice Awards We are very proud of our recent award being voted Best Architectural Firm in Charleston in 2018 by Post and Courier readers.

Learn about our suite of services and view examples of our work in our portfolio.   When you are ready to discuss your project, let’s set up an appointment to talk.

We Are Local South Carolina Architects

As ‘locals,’ we understand the South Carolina Lowcountry. We draw directly on our experiences to create designs that are embraced by the community. We consider all the unique elements of the Lowcountry, from the environment to the residents, to create architectural designs that have both form and function.

The team at Swallowtail Architecture in Charleston, SC

Get to know the Swallowtail Architecture Team and please enjoy our series of free resources and guidebooks specifically for those wanting to build in the Lowcountry and in a coastal environment.

Free Guide: How to Prepare for Your Home Design Project Free Guide: Your Dream Home Starts Here. Planning the design of your home Free Guide: How to Hire an Architect Guidebook Guide Cover, Building Costs on Sullivan's Island Guide Cover, Essential Tips for DRB Submissions on Sullivan's Island Kiawah Island ARB Submission Guide

Who’s Talking About Our Designs?

Swallowtail’s work has been featured in local, national, and international press and media.

Post and Courier features Charleston Architect Luxe Magazine logo Charleston Home & Design features Charleston ArchitectSummerville Journal features Summerville Architect Charleston Living Magazine features Charleston Architect The Charleston Business Journal features Charleston Architect AIA features Charleston Architect Architect Rachel Burton of Swallowtail Architecture featured in International Video, The in the Life of an Architect The Island Eye features Sulivan's Island Architect Architect News features Swallowtail Architecture

Read About Our Firm’s Press in ‘From Rachel’s Desk’

Recent Awards for Our Work

Trust the design of your dream home to award-winning, Charleston-based Architect Rachel Burton and the team at Swallowtail Architecture.

Read About Our Awards in ‘From Rachel’s Desk’