In 2014, Kenneth Schwartz was appointed as the first Michael Sacks Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship and founding director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, in addition to his role as dean of the School of Architecture. Schwartz has worked collaboratively across all units of Tulane, including eight endowed Professor in Social Entrepreneurship as well as deans and center directors, to launch and grow initiatives in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and design thinking at Tulane. Under Schwartz’s leadership, the School of Architecture became the academic home for the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.
Since Schwartz was appointed 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 and empathetic pedagogy working in close partnership with neighborhood and non-profit organizations throughout New Orleans and beyond. As dean, Schwartz guided the growth of the Tulane City Center, the Tulane School of Architecture’s applied urban research and outreach program that provides design services to communities who are consistently underserved in the field.
Previously, Schwartz was on the faculty at the University of Virginia for twenty-four years. 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.
As a founding principal of CP+D (Community Planning + Design) and Schwartz-Kinnard, Architects, he 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, Chairman of the Faculty Senate and the Art and Architecture Review Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a Past President of the National Architecture Accrediting Board and board member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
His own practice has focused on community design for public sector clients, with emphasis on the integration of land use and transportation planning to create more livable and pedestrian-friendly development. He has won four national design competitions or awards for projects in Cincinnati, Baltimore, Charlottesville and Chattanooga. In 2001 he was elected to Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects. He holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree as well as a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. Mr. Schwartz was identified by the national journal, Design Intelligence, as one of the top 25 architectural educators in the United States.