Who we are

“Happiness comes out of every angle” — Alain de Botton, author of The Architecture of Happiness, describing V. F. Schweitzer’s Butterfly Studio

The New York based firm creates inventive structures, from houses to apartment buildings, that gratify the user and deepen a sense of place for all. Valerie Schweitzer AIA explores specifically the overlap of art and architecture which foregrounds conceptual clarity. Anchored by site-specific conditions, Schweitzer’s award-winning work attempts the shoring up of the human spirit.

Each design formally suggests not just the function but the underlying purpose of the structure itself. That purpose might be the transporting dimension of an artist’s studio, the playfulness of a Los Angeles mid-rise, the sylvan embrace of a tea pavilion, or the display of a global city dweller’s collections. Research and logic underpin all projects, along with the pursuit of  beauty.

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 then 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.