Who We Are

We Are Great Listeners

And we ask great questions! We ask questions to uncover what will make you feel like you’re living in your dream home. We want to understand what brings you joy. How is happiness defined for you. We then listen and even listen below the surface because designing a home to fulfill these needs is personal. Each client is unique and the vision each family has for their home and the life they want to live within the home is different. It is our mission to help you discover your vision and to translate it into the design of your Lowcountry home. To design a truly custom home, the one that you will pinch yourself everyday because you can’t believe your dream has come true only happens by active listening.

Finding the Right Architect
Don’t suffer being dealt a raw deal.  Learn about the different types of Architects in the high-stakes game of ‘Architype’ and finding the right architect for you and your project.

We Are Local South Carolina Architects

As ‘locals,’ we understand the South Carolina Lowcountry. We know first hand all the unique elements of the Lowcountry, from the environment to the residents, to the many communities that make up the Historic Charleston area.  We draw directly on our experiences to create designs that are embraced by the community and perfectly fit our clients wants.  Get to know the Swallowtail Architecture Team.

The team at Swallowtail Architecture in Charleston, SC

We’ve learned so much about designing homes in the Lowcountry that we wanted to share this information.  The following is a collection 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

We Are An Award-Winning Architectural Firm

At Swallowtail Architecture we are known for our inspired designs that merge the beautiful with the sensible.  Our unique and award-winning sensibility has been the foundation since the firm was established in 2012 by Founder and Principal Architect Rachel Burton.  We’ve been selected Best of Houzz for Service and we’ve been awarded several ArCH Awards for Design Excellence. Our work has also been selected for the Charleston Builders PRISM Award and the Pinacle Award.

We consider some of our best achievements all of the “best architect” and “best architecture firm awards” we’ve won.  This includes Best of Summerville, Best Architects in Charleston, Best of HomeGuide, Best Architecture Single Residence South Carolina. The truth is, winning design awards like ‘Best Charleston Architectural Firm‘ are a true honor, but the most valuable honor and reward are the trust our clients place in our hands to design their dream home.

Swallowtail Architecture voted best architectural firm in Charleston in The Post and Courier Charleston Choice Awards 2019
Read About Our Awards in ‘From Rachel’s Desk’

We’re the Talk of the Town

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

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