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Get to Know Rachel Burton

“So much in architecture depends on the right fit. The way the design fits the landscape. The way the building fits the use. And the way a room fits the people who live in it. Getting the right fit takes a rare combination of consultation and vision. For me, each home is a beautiful gem. Each needs the perfect setting and fit, both for the owners and for the landscape on which the home sits.”


The best architect in the Charleston area for bespoke architecture, Rachel Burton, AIA

Rachel Burton, AIA, ArCH, OAA, LEED AP

Swallowtail Architecture Founder and Principal Architect Rachel Burton has worked locally in South Carolina for nearly 20 years and prior to starting Swallowtail in 2012, she worked for some of the areas most prestigious firms.  For the 10 years prior to discovering her own dream of living in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Rachel worked in her native Canada on an array of residential and commercial projects.  Now considering South Carolina her forever home, Rachel brings her professionalism and keen design vision so that her clients can live their best life in the home of their dreams in this, the most beautiful location in America.

Rachel named her practice Swallowtail Architecture after the classic swallowtail joint, a precise and beautiful coming together of two pieces of wood. This metaphor resonates with the type of firm Rachel has envisioned in Swallowtail.  A firm where clients are a perfect match to the homes we’ve designed for them.  A firm that is able to create these perfect designs through a process of actively listens to our clients wishes and dreams even when they aren’t able to fully articulate them–we call this listening below the surface.  A firm where the client feels that their dreams were elevated by working with us.  A firm that captures the beauty, serenity, and charm of Lowcountry living.

Rachel is drawn to waterways and appreciates the way they reflect the color and nuance, the sunrise and sunset each day and the change of colors with the seasons. She is known for causing the apparently impossible coastal zoning requirements to seemingly melt away as she makes the very most of each project’s potential. Having spent her earlier years in Africa, Jamaica, England and Canada, Rachel delights to call South Carolina home. She sits on the executive board for Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, the Board of Architectural Review for the Town of Summerville and is an active member of Rotary. In her free time, she can be found exploring yet more waterways, through Scandinavian mystery novels and going, with her husband, on two-week wilderness trips… by canoe.

From Rachel’s Desk

Latest post from Architect Rachel Burton with her insights about designing and building luxury homes in the Lowcountry region surrounding Charleston and on the Barrier Islands of South Carolina.

  • Best Architecture Award 20118

Best Architecture Single Residence South Carolina, USA

October 29th, 2018|0 Comments

International Property Awards has selected the Gallery House on Sullivan's Island as the winner of the prestigious Americas Property Award. Home Designs that are selected to receive this award celebrate the highest levels of achievement [...]

  • What to think about after a hurricane

What to Consider Before A Hurricane

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

After returning to the office (post Hurricane Florence), we had wanted to share some of our experience about what to consider when returning home after a hurricane.  We knew first hand all the practical to [...]

  • Preparing your South Carolina home before a hurrican

What to Consider After A Hurricane

September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

The Swallowtail Team and the Greater Charleston area were so fortunate that neither felt the brunt of Hurricane Florence that brought massive amounts of water and some high winds to North Carolina and significant flooding [...]

  • Charleston Choice Winner 2018

Swallowtail Named Best Architectural Firm in Charleston

September 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Swallowtail Architecture beat out the competition and was voted best architectural firm in Charleston by the readers of The Post and Courier.  The Charleston Choice Awards are voted on annually by The Post and Courier [...]

  • Charleston Home and Design features Swallowtail in Summer 2018 Architect's Gallery

‘Architects’ Gallery’ Features Swallowtail Project

August 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Swallowtail Architecture has been featured in the 2018 Architects' Gallery of Custom Homes as published by Charleston Home + Design Magazine. The magazine's annual feature showcases the design work of top Charleston Architects. "Architect-designed homes [...]

  • Dining room in open concept floor plan set up for entertaining

Beresford Hall Project Featured in ‘Charleston Living’ Magazine

July 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Charleston Living Magazine features a recently completed home on Daniel Island designed by our firm, Swallowtail Architecture. The home in Beresford Hall is really a labor of love, two decades in the making with an [...]

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What It Is All About…

This video, originally shot in 2012 when Rachel Burton first opened Swallowtail Architecture, still captures the Swallowtail essentials and what drives our work everyday.  Our mission is to create dream homes for people who want to live in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry.

Learn More About Swallowtail Architecture

Looking for an Architect in Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, and in the Lowcountry area around Charleston, South Carolina? Swallowtail provides residential design services including custom, new homes, historic restorations, whole house renovations, additions, as well as commercial design services for coastal, lowcountry, island, traditional, and modern-beach homes, as well as commercial properties in the Charleston area.