Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00-1:00pm
Research and Teaching Interests:
Community Planning and Design, Social Innovation and Design Thinking, Professional Practice and Ethics, Architectural Design
In 2014, Kenneth Schwartz was appointed as the founding director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking in addition to his role as dean of the Tulane School of Architecture. He is also the first recipient of the Michael Sacks Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship. Under Schwartz’s leadership, the School of Architecture became the academic home for the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship six years ago. When he steps down as dean at the end of 2017-2018, he will continue his work with the Phyllis Taylor Center.
Since Schwartz was appointed as dean in 2008, Tulane School of Architecture has become one of the most visible units of Tulane University in creating a national model of innovative, engaged and empathetic pedagogy working in close partnership with neighborhood and non-profit organizations throughout New Orleans and beyond. In 2016, the School was ranked #14 in the nation by Design Intelligence. His research interests currently center on social innovation and theories of change.
Previously, Schwartz was on the faculty at the University of Virginia for twenty-four years. He was chairman of the architecture department and associate dean for eight of these years, and he maintained an active practice and research agenda, where he explored issues of architecture in the public realm with a strong focus on community design and planning issues necessary for the creation of healthy urban environments. In 2003, he won the UVA Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award – considered one of the highest honors bestowed upon faculty at that institution, with only one awarded university-wide each year.
Among the many vivid experiences over the last nine years, perhaps the highlight was the time when he was blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama when they met during Tulane’s Commencement ceremony a few years ago.
I am interested in the connection between design excellence in architecture with civic engagement and social innovation.