Valerie F. Schweitzer AIA and her team construct inventive spaces that deepen a sense of place. Schweitzer explores specifically the overlap of art and architecture within a framework of logical and integrated spaces. Her designs communicate a central purpose. That purpose might be the transporting dimension of an artist’s studio or the playfulness of a Los Angeles multi-family mid-rise. 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 collaborates with each client to integrate texture, lighting, and landscape into a synchronized assemblage. Schweitzer specializes in place-making that aims to uplift private homes and entire neighborhoods.
Formerly at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Ferguson Shamamian and Gruzen Sampton, Schweitzer established in 2010 her own practice in Brooklyn . Two of her resilient multifamily designs, The Tides Brentwood (2017) and forthcoming Hide and Seek House in West Los Angeles, will be published by Loft Inc. in March of 2019. Schweitzer’s Butterfly studio, was selected by Architectural Digest’s Paige Rense, as a winner of their Open Auditions in 2008. The structure recently has been rediscovered and has received both a Master Architecture Prize, 2017 as well as a nomination by the German Design Council, 2018.
Schweitzer studied philosophy and architecture at Princeton University, where she received the Class of 1869 Prize in Social Philosophy and the Alexander Guthrie McCosh Prize. Schweitzer received her Masters of Architecture with 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.
“Happiness comes out of every angle” — Alain de Botton, author of The Architecture of Happiness, describing V. F. Schweitzer’s Butterfly Studio