SWBR history: A proud heritage of innovation

The Founders: Allan Jenkins, Myron Starks, Thomas Wurzer
Principals with Syracuse Employees 2016

Founded in 1969

Jenkins-Wurzer-Starks, Architects & Planners was a partnership formed by merging two local architecture firms and a former corporate architect.

Ten years later, the firm changed its name to Starks Wurzer Patterson Romeo Architects, P.C. A few projects included the Central Trust Building, Pittsford Fire Hall, City of Rochester Central Vehicle Maintenance Facility and work for Nazareth College.

Interior design and structural engineering were added as disciplines.

#1 architecture firm

In the late 1980s, SWBR’s continual growth led to the firm being recognized as Rochester Business Journal’s #1 Architecture Firm in Monroe County.

In the early 1990s, SWBR began to focus on education, housing and corporate/commercial architecture.

Multidisciplinary design firm

That strategy led to rapid growth and the addition of a Syracuse office. In the 2000s, the firm’s portfolio continues to grow with education, housing and workplace projects.

More recently, graphic design and landscape architecture were added as disciplines.

A TIMELINE:

1969
Firm is founded by Allan Jenkins, Myron Starks, Thomas Wurzer

1974
Jenkins-Wurzer Starks moves to 65 College Avenue

1975
Staff of 15 employees

1978
Firm name changed to SWPR (Starks, Wurzer, Patterson, Romeo)

1980
Staff of 27 employees

1985
Firm name changed to SWBR (Starks, Wurzer, Beinetti, Butcher, Romeo)

1989
SWBR is named No. 1 on Rochester Business Journal Top Architecture Firms

1992
SWBR relocates to Eastman Place

1993
Staff of 44 employees

1994
SWBR is named to Rochester’s Top 100 Firms

1996
Staff of 50 employees

1999
Staff of 61 Employees

2001
SWBR introduces Nautilus logo

2013
Staff of 80 employees

2016
Staff of 89 employees

2017
SWBR launches new identity and website