Neal Schwartz is the principal of Schwartz and Architecture, a San Francisco based design firm established in 1996. His architectural practice has been recently profiled in Dwell, Western Interiors, Sunset, Architectural Lighting, San Francisco magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle among others. The firm has recently received a SFAIA Merit Award in Interior Architecture for the RayKo Photo Gallery, and was selected for inclusion in the SFAIA Home Tours 2005. He received a second place award in the San Francisco LGBT Community Center competition (in collaboration with Diane Davis) and was selected as an invited firm in the Santa Rosa Museum of Contemporary Art competition (in collaboration with Simonen Design).
Schwartz holds dual masters degrees in Architecture and Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Design respectively. He graduated with distinction in Architecture, received the Thayer Award for Meritorious Scholarship, the Sheldon Traveling Fellowship as well as an Urban Land Institute National Award and American Planning Association National Award.
Schwartz has been actively involved in teaching for 17 years, most recently as Associate Professor in Architecture and Coordinator of Advanced Studies at California College of the Arts. He also currently coordinates the Master’s degrees thesis program. Previously, Schwartz has taught at University of California, Berkeley and at Harvard. He has worked on a number of publications including Assemblage: a Critical Journal of Architecture and Design Culture. He is the editor of the bookEmergent Memory: the National AIDS Memorial Competition, and co-editor of Cross Section 04: CCA Advanced Studio Work. His most recent publication is Vertical Places: the Tall Building in the World City, part of the CCA Architecture Studio Series.
In addition, Schwartz is on the Board of Directors for the National AIDS Memorial Grove located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and is the chair of the Memorial Design Committee guiding the capital campaign, design development and construction of this national memorial.