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Community Design Services

While a community begins and flourishes with its citizens, we realize how important the right structures and buildings can be to the foundation and continued growth of any community.  Whether you are building a new civic center or a library, adding an addition to a church, repairing a college residence, up-fitting for a new daycare, or engaging in urban renewal; we can help shape a community’s identity and improve the way its citizens live.

We will bring you more personalized architectural design service because we are experienced in collaborating with the all the people involved in various groups, building committees, and user interfaces involved in the design and construction of community projects.

Some of our Architecture for Community Design Services include:


  • Civic Centers and Libraries
  • Religious Facilities
  • Daycare Centers and Fire Stations
  • Recreational Facilities
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Renovations/Additions
  • Interior Design and Decoration
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Green Architectural Consulting

Through good Architectural Design, Swallowtail can help shape a community’s identity and improve the way its citizens live.

If you’re looking for a Charleston architect please feel free to browse our Community portfolio, and if you want to enjoy direct contact with the people in the architectural design office you rely on, give us a call at (843) 885-9400 or email us at to see how we can help with your project.

Religious Facilities & Daycare Centers

Charleston, South Carolina is known as the City of Churches for good reason.  But religious facilities and daycare centers need architects who know the regulations, and who know how to work with building committees.  Let us help you navigate the process and achieve just the right building for your needs.  We are skilled and experienced architects and we know Churches and Daycare Centers!

We will listen to your vision and your business needs and develop smart design solutions that provide value.

The spatial features of a church should uplift people and facilitate a sense of community . We love working on spaces infused with meaning.

Daycare centers are spaces that need to be highly functional, safe and clean.  Our experience and expertise allow us to design daycare centers to be all that and beautiful.

From James Island to Mount Pleasant and from Summerville to Charleston, when your community wants a great building to enhance the life of its citizens, please give us a call at (843) 885-9400 or email us at to see how we can help with the planning and the architecture for your project.

Recreational Facilities

These buildings are community centers where people gather to exercise and play.  Whether you are a fitness facility wishing to expand your facilities, or a golf club needing a new clubhouse or a facelift to your existing buildings; we have the creativity and the technical experience to design the spaces that make life more enjoyable. We like the challenge of the complex program requirements, and we like siting buildings in spectacular landscapes.

Good design helps sell.

Whether you are looking for a highly dynamic fitness center or a signature look for your new country club, we have the skill and the experience to design a building that people will identify with and love to inhabit.

If you are looking for a Charleston architect please feel free to browse our Community portfolio and if you want to enjoy direct contact with the people you rely on, give us a call at (843) 885-9400 or email us at to see how we can help with your project.

Habitat for Humanity

The most rewarding part of our work is when we are able to use our skills to help others in need.

Swallowtail Architecture has designed the plans for two Women Build Habitat For Humanity projects in Dorchester County because we believe in Habitat’s mission to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need.


Rachel Burton has additionally participated in the Custom Residential Architects Network charity to create new concepts and construction documents for Trident Habitat for Humanity.

If you are involved in a charitable project requiring design skills or architectural expertise, we will do our best to help as much as we are able.

Please contact us at (843) 885-9400 or email us at, and we will give serious consideration to donating our services to your worthwhile project.

View Our Community Design Portfolio:

Women Build

Giving back to our community is a top priority for us, which is why we were honored to work on this project for Habitat for Humanity. This project was extra special because it is a house that women built. We designed a warm and comfortable family home while working within the constraints of a limited budget and a small floor plan to be built by female volunteers with minimal construction training and skills. We are proud to say that despite these challenges we were able to address the fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials with ease.

Catholic Church

We were asked to design a new sanctuary for an existing church, based on the assumption that accommodating this would require a new addition that would double the size of the existing building. Our design solution was to instead claim almost the entire existing building as the new sanctuary, where we reframed the interior ceiling space to make the inside read as one space. We then needed to build only a very small new addition to accommodate the entry and the welcoming room. This new addition faces the street, giving the church’s street presence an upgrade in the process. The welcoming room was designed with wonderfully large windows that instantly give members and guests a sense of invitation and hospitality.

City Hall

Now housing the council chamber, regional library, and the town’s only indoor pool, we took a vacant and unfinished 5-story office building and converted it into a multi-function facility that serves the town. Twenty-foot spacing is typical for office buildings but the existing structural bay layout was based on 15-foot spacing, which was a key challenge that we accepted and conquered. We developed a very efficient plan that met all of the adjacencies and privacy levels necessary for office space, while meeting the requirements for all of the functions in the building. The indoor pool, which is the only pool in the city and was the basis for the financial case to transform the building rather than to demolish it, was left on the 1st floor and provides a further amenity to serve the well being of the community.


For this design project, we needed to add additional workout space, new locker rooms, and a new daycare space for an existing YMCA building. The key architectural challenge was creating the best possible configuration of interior space when the existing circulation had all levels connected by a ramp.