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In 2008, Kenneth Schwartz was appointed as dean of the Tulane School of Architecture after serving as professor, department chair, and associate dean during twenty-four years at the University of Virginia. In 2003 he won the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award – one is given each year for the entire university, and it is considered one of the highest honors bestowed upon faculty at UVA.
As a founding principal of CP+D (Community Planning + Design) and Schwartz-Kinnard, Architects, he has won four national design competitions exploring the constructive force that progressive urbanism and architecture can play in rebuilding cities. In addition to his design work, Mr. Schwartz has served as a planning commissioner and member of the Board of Architectural Review for the City of Charlottesville, focusing on design and preservation issues in the community. Mr. Schwartz served on the University of Virginia Master Planning Committee and the Art and Architecture Review Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a Past President of the National Architecture Accrediting Board and recent board member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
At Tulane, key achievements include significant increases in national exposure and prominence for the work of the students and faculty particularly in creating a national model of community engagement. With more than seventy projects conducted with community partners through The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design and beyond, the Tulane School of Architecture has become one of the most visible units of Tulane University in creating a national model of innovative pedagogy.
Kenneth Schwartz has remained active as a public speaker on issues ranging from “smart building technology” to national perspectives on architecture education for the future. He was invited as a plenary speaker with the CEO of IBM, Ginni Rommety, at an international conference in Rio de Janeiro and presented the IBM/Tulane collaboration (the first such collaboration by IBM with a university).
He is pleased to be continuing his work as an educator, architect, and engaged citizen at the Tulane School of Architecture.