David Swartz, FAIA, IIDA, and Senior Partner of renowned global architecture, interiors, planning, and strategy firm HLW, has been appointed to serve on the University of Southern California Alumni Association Board of Governors as a representative for the USC School of Architecture. This premier volunteer organization plays a critical role in the USC Alumni Association. Through developing and implementing programs and services, the Board of Governors builds a culture of philanthropy within the Trojan Family and serves as a representative for all USC alumni.
An alumnus of USC, Swartz received his Masters of Architecture degree from the School of Architecture in 1989. Since then, he has supported his alma mater, its alumni association, and current student body through various programs and initiatives including his role as an adjunct faculty member teaching a course on the materials and methods of construction. He has also served as a board member for the USC Architecture Guild, which provides a unique link between students, alumni and faculty at the School of Architecture and the professional community.
“I am honored to be a part of such a prestigious organization,” says David Swartz. “USC has remained close to my heart, and I always looked for new opportunities to support my Trojan community. Serving on the Board of Governors will give me the chance to represent USC and HLW proudly throughout the Los Angeles architect community and Trojan alumni.”
Swartz will serve one three-year term. During this appointment, Swartz will be an ambassador to USC where his duties will include greeting alumni at various events and educating his Trojan community on the opportunities they can partake in that will help further their professional development.
Swartz will also be using this time on the board to help current students with their academic and career growth. Earlier this year, Swartz led a team of three, current School of Architecture students to victory with their winning design at the 2020 USC Architectural Guild Charrette. This juried design competition invites fourth-year, fifth-year, and graduate students to develop new and innovative design ideas and present them during a client-meeting style competition.
At HLW’s Santa Monica, California office, Swartz leads creative and technologically sophisticated projects. With over 35 years of award-winning, hands-on experience in detailing and documentation, Swartz is highly regarded as a superb technical architect by his peers. He is committed to creating an environment in which technology, design, and management are recognized equally.