“Happiness comes out of every angle” — Alain de Botton describing V. F. Schweitzer’s Butterfly Studio
Valerie F. Schweitzer AIA and her team construct inventive spaces that draw out the expressive potential of a place. Her designs communicate a central purpose. That purpose might be the transporting dimension of an artists’s studio or the playfulness of a Los Angeles apartment building. Her award-winning work, anchored by site-specific conditions, attempts the shoring up of the human spirit.
With her additional training as a painter, Schweitzer integrates textiles, color, lighting and landscape into a synchronized assemblage, widening the application of architecture. Schweitzer draws from varied sources of nature, building technology and art in order to invigorate a particular space. She specializes in residential work through sustainable practice.
Formerly at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Ferguson Shamamian, Malhotra Architects, and Gruzen Sampton, Valerie established her own practice in NYC in 2009. The woman-run office engages in a collaborative process with the client and all the other design consultants on the project. Schweitzer became the design architect for The Tides Brentwood in 2015, a LEED Gold apartment building which has been featured on global design sites such as e-architect.com and Berlogos in Russia. In 2008, Schweitzer was the youngest female solo-practitioner to have her building design, Butterfly studio, selected by Architectural Digest’s Paige Rense (winner of their Open Auditions); this same structure recently received an American Architecture Prize 2017.
Schweitzer studied architecture first at Princeton University, where she also received from the Philosophy Department the Class of 1869 Prize in Ethics and the Alexander Guthrie McCosh Prize. Schweitzer received her Masters of Architecture from UCLA and was awarded high distinction for her thesis. She is registered in both New York State and Connecticut, holds an NCARB record, and is a member of the AIA.