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Kenneth A. Schwartz

Kenneth was appointed as dean of the Tulane School of Architecture in 2008. He served as Department Chair and Associate Dean during the previous 24 years while on the faculty at the University of Virginia.

In the office of Schwartz-Kinnard, Architects, he won four national design competitions exploring the constructive force that progressive urbanism and architecture can play in rebuilding cities. In 2001 he opened the Charlottesville urban design office of Renaissance Planning Group to focus on community design and the integration of land-use with innovative transportation strategies. He has done a wide variety of planning and design projects for communities throughout the Eastern seaboard. He completed the Master Plan for Crozet, Virginia in collaboration with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, winning one of 15 Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism. He won a commission for the City of Charlottesville, University of Virginia and Albemarle County in one of concentrated growth areas for the community. Additional work with RPG included a rural preservation project for a 22-mile portion of State Route 57 in northwestern New Jersey, community design work on a major Long Range Transportation Plan for two counties on the east coast of Florida, a Scenario Planning Commission for Binghamton, New York, and a new Town Center for an abandoned mall in Largo, Florida. In 2005 he opened a new office called Community Planning and Design (CP+D), with Judith Kinnard, FAIA, and in 2006 he opened the affiliated firm of CP+D Workshop with Maurice Cox, where they completed numerous commissions including a major mixed-income redevelopment strategy for a 970 unit public housing site in Richmond, Virginia.

Kenneth’s service activities include the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and several national level appointments with the American Institute of Architects, the National Council or Architectural Registration Boards, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He was appointed to Virginia’s Art and Architectural Review Board and was one of three architects on the state licensing board for architecture. He served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Charlottesville and a member of the Board of Architectural Review for five years. He founded the Design Resources Center, a not-for-profit organization serving community concerns and lower income neighborhoods in Charlottesville. He was also the Southeast Regional Director on the Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

In the spring of 2003, Kenneth was awarded the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award; it is considered the highest honor bestowed upon faculty at UVA.

Kenneth has been married to Judith Kinnard (Cornell BArch ’77) for 25 years. Judith is a professor of architecture at Tulane University. They have two daughters. Julia, Princeton ’08, and Laura, Cornell ‘12 where she is majoring in Government with a likely double major in Chinese.