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“Happiness comes out of every angle” — Alain de Botton describing VSA’s Butterfly Studio

The New York based firm taps into the enigmas of nature to create structures that unify people and deepen a sense of place.  Valerie Schweitzer AIA explores specifically the overlap of art and architecture which foregrounds conceptual clarity and a human scale. Her small team also prioritizes the use of carbon-friendly building technology on every project.

 Anchored by site-specific conditions, Schweitzer’s award-winning work attempts to bridge people to each other and their cities. No matter the size, each structure aims to the shore up the human spirit.

Each design also formally suggests its underlying purpose. That purpose might be the transporting dimension of an artist’s studio, the relaxed playfulness of a Los Angeles mid-rise, the sylvan embrace of a tea pavilion, or the ordering of a globe-trotter’s collections. Research and logic underpin all projects, along with the pursuit of  beauty.

Embrace Me Tea Pavilion with salvaged cedar wood

Formerly at SOM, Ferguson Shamamian and Gruzen Sampton, Schweitzer established in 2010 her own Brooklyn-based practice.  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.  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.