About Dawn L. Andres

As a photographer and marketing coordinator, Dawn focuses on developing the marketing efforts of the firm. Her graphic design, photography, and database design skills are put to good use with efforts that include the firm's website, print and social media. She's been known to offer assistance to organizations such as the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited and Columbia's annual Art in the Park Festival. As coordinator of the firm's Tenth Street Window Gallery she especially enjoys the interaction with upcoming and established local artists.

PWA Celebrating 40th Anniversary


Celebrate40 with PWA!

You are cordially invited to join us as we celebrate the past
and look to the future with a benefit for our honored guests:
Great Circle | CPS Foundation | Cradle to Career Alliance

Enjoy a late afternoon of Entertainment | Cocktails | Hors d oeuvres
on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018, from 4 – 6 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 4:15 p.m. and Special Announcement at 5 p.m.

at The Country Club of Missouri | 1300 Woodrail Ave.
Columbia, Missouri 65203

R.S.V.P. to dandres@PWArchitects.com, […]

PWA Celebrating 40th Anniversary2018-09-10T09:29:23+00:00

We like to have fun here at PWA


Even our downtime is fun. Whether it is a round of golf, a bike ride, or an organized community activity like Canstruction, PWA staff members give it their all. We like to have fun at work and at play. You can download a set of PWA Recipe Cards here or view our recent Pumpkin Chunkin event at PWA.

We like to have fun here at PWA2018-05-11T14:24:04+00:00

Happy Holidays 2016


It is hard to believe that the holidays are and we soon will be celebrating our first anniversary at our location in the Colonies. It has been an eventful year and we are thankful to have shared it with so many of you.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to visit us here, we would welcome the chance to catch up with you on the back deck. And even if you have been here many times, we love visiting with friends.

We hope all is well with you and that the blessings and joy of this holiday season […]

Happy Holidays 20162018-05-11T14:29:23+00:00

Chili Day at PWA


Last week we needed some comfort food to rival the previous week’s luncheon provided by our friends at CM Engineering. So we decided to make two crock pots of chili with all the fixings for an in-house lunch to celebrate some January events and milestones:
• Bailey Fogel joined our staff to assist with CAD drawings and interiors.
• Two of our staff members – Erik Miller and Dawn L. Andres – celebrated birthdays this month.
• Suzanne Wright came back to PWA 10 years ago.
We made one pot of traditional beef and sausage chili and another pot of the this […]

Chili Day at PWA2018-05-11T14:39:11+00:00

Relocating to New Office in the Colonies!


As we make the final preparations before relocating our office, we want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a new year full of JOY!

We will be closed Dec. 21st – Dec. 25th as we begin moving to our new location. Our new office will open effective Dec. 28, 2015.We look forward to your next visit.

Relocating to:

2120 Forum Blvd., Ste. 101
Columbia, Missouri 65203


  1. Take Stadium Blvd to Forum Blvd.
  2. Turn south on Forum Blvd.
  3. Turn left on Chapel Hill Rd.
  4. Turn right onto Colony Drive.
  5. Located in the upper level of the first building on the […]
Relocating to New Office in the Colonies!2018-01-29T11:05:26+00:00

Top 10 Things We Miss About Our Downtown Office

  1. The Tenth Street Window Gallery – For over 20 years, it has been our pleasure to be actively involved in displaying and enjoying the work and passion of many community artists and organizations. As of December 31, 2015, our role as caretakers of the Tenth Street Window Gallery in our downtown office will come to an end as we move to our new location. However, PWA plans to remain active in our support local artists and organizations within our community.
  2. Being right around the corner for many experiences in downtown Columbia: Parades and festivals (Homecoming, […]
Top 10 Things We Miss About Our Downtown Office2018-05-11T14:45:40+00:00

Survivors’ Guide to Renovation


Quite a few of us here at PWA have been undergoing renovations in the last year or so, some by choice, others due to large trees and gale force winds. In sharing our renovation trials and tribulations with each other we’ve come to appreciate each other’s experience. Here are a few things to consider before you step into your next renovation.

  1. Write down everything.
    • Long before you start to work with a designer make a few lists. If you have pet peeves or items on your wish list, write them down. The pet peeves will help you […]
Survivors’ Guide to Renovation2018-05-11T14:52:48+00:00

Design: Measure Twice, Cut Once


I believe most of us can appreciate the old adage to measure twice, cut once.  Certainly anyone who has taken a cooking, sewing or shop class understands that taking the time to prepare means fewer surprises, less drama and reduced waste. For architects, though, actual measurement begins long before breaking out the measuring tape to take stock of a space.  While we might research a potential client to find out a representative set of goals or needs, the real measurement occurs when we sit down with a client to learn the individual goals and needs for their organization and/or for […]

Design: Measure Twice, Cut Once2018-05-11T15:45:10+00:00

Communication: Keep it level and plumb


Finding the right balance can be tough.  Sometimes it is better to take a step back and reevaluate before jumping in with both feet. The terms ‘level’ and ‘plumb’ are so woven into the practice of design and construction that few projects are completed without their application.  Take communication for instance, itself a key component of any project.  It is just as important to be “on the level” and “straightforward with someone” in digital communications as it is in face to face conversations.  And yet, with email it is easy to rattle off messages where the tone and intent may be misinterpreted or […]

Communication: Keep it level and plumb2018-05-11T15:22:19+00:00

Relationships: Prime the pump


For many in Missouri 2012 was a year of severe drought conditions.  If we wanted anything to grow we had to water well and often. The story was much the same for those of us in the Design and Construction industry.  Due to the economy the last few years have been lean in many market sectors, increasing competition for available resources and forcing us to find ways to do more with less.

Fortunately, relationships, built and maintained by the staff of PWA over many years, have helped sustain us through the most difficult and lean times.  The effort to maintain these relationships is the “water” […]

Relationships: Prime the pump2018-05-11T15:26:31+00:00

Step away from the computer…


Solutions often come when you take a break, focus on another task, and return with a widened perspective.  Also, it never hurts to get a little exercise. You never know who you might run into on the trail, in the gym or just taking a walk around the neighborhood.  Actually, it is quite common to hear Brad Wright say as he’s going out the door ‘Going for a walk around the block.’  Whether it is to get in a little mid-day exercise or to take a much needed break and get some fresh air, he is not alone […]

Step away from the computer…2018-05-11T15:30:25+00:00

Thank you for your support.


Much of what we do as architects and designers cannot be accomplished without the assistance of a great many people. We are fortunate to have the support of so many people – our families, friends, clients, consultants, contractors, suppliers, etc.  While it never hurts to say please at this time of the year, we especially want to take the time to say thank you to all who make our progress possible. Please keep us in mind should you need our assistance, and thank you again for your confidence and support. May your future be bright and full of the […]

Thank you for your support.2018-05-11T15:34:40+00:00

Native Plants: Dig In


Recently the Hawthorn Chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society recognized and honored the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church with the Hawthorn Award for fulfilling its commitment to native plants in the landscaping of the new conference center, especially creating a native wetland area to reduce runoff into Hinkson Creek.  With volunteer help, the church has created a 99% Missouri landscape which is functional and lovely, full of life and color.

According to the Grow Native website, “native plants are a good choice for landscaping whether you have one-fourth acre in the city, four acres at the […]

Native Plants: Dig In2018-05-11T15:40:38+00:00

Conversation: The Windows are Open


What better way to begin our very first blog entry than with a classic photo from the PWA archives of Nick Peckham and Brad Wright, founding Principals of PWA, sitting on a window ledge having a conversation. They might be talking about architecture, or perhaps dogs, ducks, or even how to save the planet.

Potential captions about their conversation:

  • “Wow! This is “a great view of downtown Columbia.”
  • “I really wish you would stop coming out here. I’m afraid of heights.”
  • “I bet my dogs shed more than your alpacas.”
  • “Man it is beautiful out here. Do you think they’ll notice if we don’t come back […]
Conversation: The Windows are Open2018-05-11T15:44:04+00:00