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Kenneth Schwartz, U.Va. Associate Professor Of Architecture, Elected Fellow Of The American Institute Of Architecture

May 8, 2001-- The American Institute of Architects recently elected Kenneth Schwartz as a fellow. Schwartz is an associate professor and former chair of the department of architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

One of 72 fellows elected from more than 400 nominations nationwide, he is the only person the AIA selected from the Virginia and West Virginia region this year.

The AIA fellowship program recognizes members' significant contributions to architecture and society and achievements of excellence in the profession. Schwartz was cited for his notable contributions to the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice.

In his 16 years at the University of Virginia, Schwartz has assumed numerous leadership roles, focusing on strengthening the architecture program's relationship between design, theory and the art of building well. The U.Va. School of Architecture is widely known for its excellence in integrating building design, theory, and practice with public service, community engagement, sustainability, and advanced computing. U.S. News and World Report ranked U.Va. sixth in its last listing of architecture school graduate programs in 1997.

Schwartz’s career has included teaching and academic leadership as well as private practice, involvement with the American Institute of Architects and community leadership.

Believing an architect must be an engaged citizen, Schwartz has worked to increase awareness of architecture's role in the community through his service on the City of Charlottesville Planning Commission and Board of Architectural Review. He also founded the non-profit Design Resources Center, a community-based organization that uses design to increase communication among the public and private sectors, university administration and developers concerning growth, development and urban design issues and their short- and long-term impacts on the community, economy, and environment.

He is chair of the Educators and Practitioners Network of the AIA, and a director of the NAAB for a three-year term. He will become NAAB president in October 2001 following a one-year term as president-elect.

His private practice in partnership with Judith Kinnard AIA includes several small-scale commissions and more than a dozen national competitions dealing with urban design, urban institutions and housing, for which they have won four national design competitions.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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