Neal J.Z. Schwartz

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Schwartz and Architecture, established by Principal Neal J. Z. Schwartz in 1997, has received wide-ranging recognition including features in the New York Times, Dwell, and Wallpaper* Magazine, as well as numerous national and regional awards for design excellence.  Neal holds dual master’s degrees in Architecture and Public Policy from the Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government respectively. 

He graduated with Distinction in Architecture, received the Thayer Award for Meritorious Scholarship, the Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, as well as national awards from the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association. This unique combination of design and policy establishes the foundations of his practice: a commitment to creatively explore our clients’ needs in ways that surpass their expectations, as well as a devotion to rigorous management of complex design, permitting, and construction processes. 

From 2006 - 2009, Neal was on the board of directors for the National AIDS Memorial Grove located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and chaired the Memorial Design Committee, working towards the capital campaign and development of this national memorial.  In 2015, Neal initiated and chaired a joint AIASF | SF Planning Working Group to advocate for change to residential design review procedures in San Francisco.  He is currently the Chair of a newly-established AIASF Public Policy & Advocacy Committee. 

Neal has been actively involved in teaching for 25 years, most recently as an Associate Professor in Architecture Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA), where he currently coordinates the master’s degree housing studio.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in European history, and has studied and researched abroad in Vienna, Munich, and Berlin.

Professor, Architecture

BA, Brandeis University; MPP, MArch, Harvard University