Commitment to distinctive design and personal service.

“The creation of impactful architecture is about purposefully seeking out opportunities, developing an evolving dialogue with the community, and responding to challenges with creativity, boldness, and sensitivity.”

 - M. Hays Layerd, AIA | ALW Principal


Co-founders Rodney Lewis and Camden Whitlock started Architects Lewis + Whitlock (ALW) in 2000. After studying architecture and working together for nearly a decade, the two shared a desire to create a positive work environment that would allow them to do what they love while also fostering a spirit of camaraderie, cultivating talent, and engaging creativity. In 2003, Hays Layerd joined the firm shortly after graduating from Auburn's School of Architecture. Hays was elevated to partner in 2016 in recognition of his design talent and commitment to the firm's mission. Collectively, with their creative talent and architectural vision, the trio has established a distinctive identity within the Southeast's design community.

Design Philosophy

ALW is comprised of a diverse group of curious and talented architects and designers who simply love what we do. We bring enthusiasm along with knowledge and expertise to collectively create innovative and award-winning design solutions. Seeking an inclusive and harmonious design process, we take a compassionate and empathetic approach as we listen and understand our clients’ needs and interests. Our projects are built on relationships and formed through listening to our clients and understanding their vision. Sensitivity to the context of the project is motivated by our ability to serve our clients and help them realize their goals. Guiding a project from visualization to reality is what ultimately brings us fulfillment. We want to serve our clients, benefit the community, and advance the profession.


ALW’s mission is to provide comprehensive service through a collaborative team approach that results in great architecture. We seek to cultivate a studio that is known to consistently innovate and produce leaders in the fields of architecture and design. We aspire to build a legacy of design excellence and creativity that impacts current and future generations.