Stephen Nieto.jpg

Stephen R. Nieto, President/Owner

Steve Nieto received a Bachelors in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and in 1985 he established SWC. With over 30 years of experience in architecture and construction, Steve brings invaluable experience to each of his projects. His work can be seen in the deserts most beautiful residential communities, which include Bighorn, Mirada Estates, and the Madison Club. Steve has designed several commercial projects including Old Town La Quinta which is a shopping and dining destination and has become the hub of activities for the community.

Steve is the principal designer for SWC, Inc., he enjoys the design-build process and has a special interest in the construction and delivery of each designed project. As a licensed general contractor he brings a sense of reality to all his work and oversees all projects to ensure that they are delivered on time and on budget.

"Successful projects start with good design".

Stephen Nieto 2.jpg

Stephen T. Nieto, Architecture & Urban Design

Stephen T. Nieto has joined the firm as their newest urban and architectural designer. Stephen brings over 8 years of experience in large and small scale planning and urban design, having developed successful plans for waterfronts, downtown cores, mixed use and entertainment districts. Prior to joining SWC, Stephen received a Master's degree in Architecture & Urban Design from UCLA in 2009, in his professional career he has worked globally with award winning design firms Gensler and AECOM. 

Stephen's past projects have been influential in shaping communities around the world with a focus on sustainability and pedestrian oriented development. Past projects include LA River Revitalization Concept Plan, Orange Country Great Park Master Pan, Park 101 Freeway Cap Park and most recently was influential in winning the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympic Bid.


Nick Nieto, Architecture & Real Estate Services

Nick has been with the firm since 2010, his work experience in architecture and in real estate are invaluable. Nick graduated in 2008 from Cal State University Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Business.  He has always had a passion for design and creative thinking which has allowed him to excel in the architecture industry. In 2012 he received his California Real Estate License and has taken on the role as Real Estate adviser/facilitator for SWC. Nick also leads the firm’s marketing and social media presence.


Rodolfo Lizarde, Proejct Coordinator / Senior Drafting Tech