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“Happiness comes out of every angle.” –Alain de Botton’s description of Butterfly Studio 

The New York-based firm specializes in structures that humanize, unify and deepen a sense of place.  Designing urban apartments, bespoke rustic homes and LEED Gold multifamily residential buildings, Valerie Schweitzer AIA and her team explore the overlap of art and architecture. Her small team prioritizes the use of carbon-friendly technology to support designs that marry logic with beauty. VSA’s Manhattan apartments have been widely published along with their resilient designs for midrise apartment buildings that aim to shape neighborhoods: they have been most recently featured in the book, Apartment Buildings, (2019), by Loft publishing.

Anchored by context, VSA’s award-winning projects aim to connect people to each other and to their environments. Each design formally suggests its greater intention or purpose. That purpose might be the transporting dimension of an artist’s studio, the relaxed playfulness of an urban Los Angeles mid-rise or the sylvan embrace of a tree pavilion that brings people closer to nature.  Rooted in particular contexts on the East and West Coast of the US, each structure endeavors to shore up the universal human spirit.  Formerly at SOM, Ferguson Shamamian and Gruzen Sampton, V. Schweitzer established in 2010 her own practice based in New York City: the small team works as a collaboration with all consultants, and draws on each team member’s unique skills. Schweitzer studied philosophy and architecture at Princeton University, where she received the Class of 1869 Prize in Philosophy and the Alexander Guthrie McCosh Prize. She received her Masters of Architecture with high distinction from UCLA ‘s Architecture and Urban Design Department.  She is registered in both New York State and Connecticut, holds an NCARB record, and is a member of the AIA.

Please call Valerie direct for a consultation: 917.679.8177