Growing up in Wisconsin down the street from a number of FLW Usonian houses, Aaron has been interested in architecture since high school, but took the long way around. Before attending graduate school in Eugene, OR, he studied German Literature at the University of Wisconsin and Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat in Freiburg, Germany.  After Graduating in 1997, he spent a few years working in finance, publication, and finally construction work (single-family & multi-family/office), while taking a nomadic route to Seattle via Colorado and Utah for some epic winters on the slopes.

Aaron has since built his experience in master planning, urban design, mixed-use, sustainable design, construction documents and now high-rise construction. His passion in architecture can be found in projects that relate to urban density, usually including some aspect of mixed-use occupancies, restoration/renovation of existing structures, and/or sustainable deisgn 

Aaron is currently working on his first High-rise project at Weber Thompson: Waverly in South Lake Union.  Although the tower is an all-residential building with no retail, the site is shared with Seattle Unity Church (designed by Olson Kundig), bringing the complexities and coordination efforts of a mixed-use building. Waverly began construction in 2019.


Aaron Swain AIA, CPHC
Senior Associate
  • Pike Motorworks | Seattle, WA
    Project Architect
  • Ballard Blocks II | Seattle, WA
    Project Architect/Project Manager
  • Solis | Seattle, WA
    Project Architect/Project Manager - Schematic Design
  • The Waverly | Seattle, WA
    Project Architect

Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Literature/German Literature
University of Wisconsin, Madison


Master of Architecture
University of Oregon