who we are


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

The New York-based firm specializes in buildings that humanize, unify and deepen a sense of place.  In designing country homes, apartments and apartment buildings, Valerie Schweitzer AIA explores specifically the overlap of art and architecture which foregrounds conceptual clarity and beauty. Her small team prioritizes the use of carbon-friendly technology.

Anchored by contextual elements, VSA’s award-winning projects aims to connect people to each other and to their cities. 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.