Neal Schwartz is principal of Schwartz and Architecture (SaA), a San Francisco–based design firm established in 1996. The studio has been profiled in Dwell, Western Interiors, California Home and Design, 7x7, Sunset, Architectural Lighting, San Francisco magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. In 2010, SaA was selected as one of six design firms to submit proposals for the new, 12 million dollar Emeryville Center for the Arts. The firm's Crook | Cup | Bow | Twist residence (currently under construction) received a 2009 SFAIA Honor Award for unbuilt architecture, a Boston Society of Architecture (BSA) Award for Design, a ACSA Faculty Design Honorable Mention and was short-listed for the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards. The RayKo Photo Center received a SFAIA Merit Award in interior architecture and three residential projects were selected for inclusion in the SFAIA Home Tours 2005, 2007 and 2010. The Wisconsin Street Residence won the 2008 Residential Architecture Award from California Home and Design.
The firm received an Honorable Mention for its Natural Capital: SALT Senior Housing competition entry (in collaboration with Mona El Khafif), a second-place award in the San Francisco LGBT Community Center competition (in collaboration with Diane Davis), and was an invited firm in the Santa Rosa Museum of Contemporary Art competition (in collaboration with Simonen Design).
Schwartz holds dual master's degrees in architecture and public policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Design respectively. He graduated with Distinction in Architecture and received the Thayer Award for Meritorious Scholarship, the Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, the Urban Land Institute National Award, and the American Planning Association National Award.
He has been actively involved in teaching for 15 years, most recently as the Thesis Coordinator for CCA's Masters of Architecture program. Before coming to CCA, he taught at UC Berkeley and at Harvard University. He has worked on a number of publications, including Assemblage: A Critical Journal of Architecture and Design Culture. He edited the book Emergent Memory: The National AIDS Memorial Competition and coedited Cross Section 04: CCA Advanced Studio Work, a publication with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill titled Vertical Places: the Tall Building, and Propositions: Thesis research in Architecture.
Neal has been on the board of directors for the National AIDS Memorial Grove, located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, and served as chair of the memorial design committee.
Associate Professor, Architecture