CEO Spotlight – Cam Whitlock, Architects Lewis + Whitlock

Charles Camden (Cam) Whitlock is a Principal and Co-Founder of Architects Lewis + Whitlock (ALW), a market-leading design firm based in Tallahassee. The firm’s award-winning work can be found throughout North and Central Florida, as well as South Georgia, with projects ranging in size and complexity from residential home designs to large commercial office buildings; from cultural and civic facilities to museums, churches and innovation centers.

Cam was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina where his design aesthetic was influenced at an early age by the classic automobiles his father collected. He learned to draw by sketching sailboats and developed an appreciation for the outdoors and travel through his involvement with boy scouts. While architecture was not his first ambition, his natural artistic abilities and interest in design eventually lead him to a career in the field.

Cam moved to Tallahassee and attended Florida A&M University’s School of Architecture where he met his eventual business partner Rodney Lewis. After working together for nearly a decade, the two discovered that they shared common goals, including a desire to create a positive work environment that allowed them to do what they loved while also fostering a spirit of camaraderie and engaging creativity. Together, Cam and Rodney established ALW in January of 2000. After founding the firm, Cam was instrumental in the design of award-winning projects such as Mad Dog Construction Offices, Urban Green and the Waverly Road and North Ride residences. Other notable projects he has designed recently include 201 E. Park Avenue (Ballard Building), the award-winning Ringling Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion and modern residential homes in Tallahassee’s Betton and Waverly neighborhoods.

Throughout the years ALW has designed multiple projects for Florida State University including the Alumni Center, Student Success Center, the Eppes Building renovation and Legacy Walk. Today, Cam serves as the Senior Principal Architect of the $127 million Oglesby Student Union replacement, which is ALW’s largest and most complex project to-date.

Over the past 19 years, Cam has shepherded the company through tremendous growth and cultivated a talented team of curious and creative designers. The firm has expanded its reach, completing hundreds of projects in its two decades of operation and is positioned to continue having an impact on design throughout the southeast.

When he’s able to break away from ALW, Cam can usually be found with his wife Denise, daughters Alexis and Cierra and Senior Barkitect Rafi on a sailboat in Apalachee Bay. Cam is also a supporter of the arts and FSU’s Opening Nights series, an avid mountain biker, a LEED accredited professional and a strong advocate for environmentally-friendly design.

About Architects Lewis + Whitlock

ALW is a Tallahassee-based design firm founded in 2000 on the idea that architecture can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people. The firm’s mission is to provide comprehensive service through a collaborative team approach that results in impactful architecture. ALW aspires to produce a legacy of design excellence and creativity that impacts current and future generations. For more information on ALW, please visit