St. Louis-based architecture firms Lawrence Group and KWK Architects proudly announce the merger of the two firms.

KWK, a nationally recognized higher education expert, will merge with Lawrence Group to create a singular powerhouse in the higher education market, with more than 140 combined employees to serve colleges and universities nationwide. In addition, because Lawrence Group provides services complementary to KWK – including landscape architecture, furniture procurement and more – clients will enjoy access to an expanded suite of services.

“We are very excited to have KWK join Lawrence Group,” shared Tim Rowbottom, Lawrence Group Principal & Chief Operating Officer. “Our cultural alignment and coupled proficiency will be of tremendous benefit for our clients, giving us the ability to provide them with even greater expertise in the higher education market.”

As part of the merger, KWK Architects will relocate to Lawrence Group’s headquarters in downtown St. Louis. KWK will retain its brand identity as well as all its current employees.

“Merging with Lawrence Group creates a pathway for intentional growth, collectively allowing us to continue to provide our clients with a high level of service,” said Paul Wuennenberg, Principal at KWK. “At the same time, it allows us to develop future thought leaders in the higher education space.”

2023 is a milestone year for both firms, with Lawrence Group celebrating its 40th anniversary and KWK Architects celebrating its 10th.

“A great deal of thought and consideration by the leaders of both companies resulted in the realization that these two firms are an excellent fit," said KWK Principal Eric Neuner. “This transition makes perfect sense as the next step in our evolution.”