Cawley Architects elevates Paul Devers to president

Above: Paul Devers and Sherman Cawley of Cawley Architects. Real Estate | 9 Feb |

Cawley Architects is celebrating its next company milestone, elevating co-founder Paul Devers to President. In January 2021, it announced the formation of a new in-house creative interior design service; in 2019 Cawley Architects celebrated its 25th anniversary naming four new partners.

Devers will be responsible for the firm’s day-to-day architectural, administrative, and corporate activities. Sherman Cawley, AIA, SIOR, Founder of Cawley Architects, will continue to be actively involved, working primarily on marketing, sales, and the firm’s transition plan.


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“I am proud to announce the company has elevated my esteemed partner and long-time architect, Paul Devers, to be the President of Cawley Architects,” Cawley said.

Cawley founded the firm in 1991 as a sole proprietor. Devers joined him as a corporate business partner in 2000.

“During the past 20 years, we both have guided the firm to its present status as one of the premier architectural offices in the Valley,” Cawley said. “Over that time, Paul and I have grown the company from a small firm of only a few staff to today’s firm of 28 members and a very bright future.”

Devers possesses a wealth of business acumen, as well as design and leadership skills. As the Principal in charge of design, Devers has been actively involved with management and development of the creative process and signature of the firm.    

“I’m looking forward to a new role of providing leadership to continue the growth of the firm and to manage a smooth transition in leadership,” Devers said.

During his 43-year career, Devers has provided architectural services for more than 300 building projects comprising millions of square feet. These projects include office, retail, industrial, banking, corporate, hospitality, medical, education, and high technology industries.

Most recently, he designed and managed the 100,000 SF O’Dell Center, Faith Arena and recreational facility for Ottawa University on its City of Surprise campus. During the fast-tracked project, Devers was singled out by the university president as having been “super responsive, creative, and a terrific listener.”

In addition, his recent Adelante Healthcare project in Goodyear was a multiple award winner at this year’s Masonry Guild Awards ceremony.

“As part of our recent growth, Paul and I and the Executive Team have also embarked on planning a transition that includes assembling the company’s leadership for the next generation,” Cawley said. “Paul taking over as president is the first in several steps to ensure the company’s future and position it for a rewarding and successful 25 additional years.”

In 2019, Cawley Architects invited four additional key staff on board as partners who represent the next generation of design and corporate leadership. The partners were also given new corporate responsibilities and have embraced them to ensure continuity and a high level of service.

Cawley’s four partners named in 2019 are Lynette Dreitz, Director of Finance and Administration; Kevin Fawcett and David Fulk, Project Directors; and Rafael Macias, Director of Construction Administration and Quality Assurance.

In January, Cawley Architects launched Cawley Design Studio, promoting RoseAnn Linsmeyer to Interior Designer, NCIDQ. 

Devers earned a Bachelor of Architecture Design from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Away from the office, Devers and his wife enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

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