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It was just a twist of fate that David M. Schwarz became an architect. Having started his own practice (in his own words, “too early”), with little success, he realized that his dream of becoming an architect was over and he had almost given up hope. However, a chance encounter with a friend gave her a ‘last minute’ second chance, when the friends boyfriend offered her a project. His career is now considered remarkable, and his architectural practice was established after he received awards from a wide range of organizations, including the American Institute of Architects and the Art Deco Society of Washington.

Prior to this success, Mr. Schwarz received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University. He also earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science from Humboldt State University. As founder and CEO of David M Schwarz Architectural Services, Inc., Washington, DC and Fort Worth, TX, he now has over thirteen years of success in landscape design, planning and construction.

“…It’s really sticking to principles and sticking to them, even when it’s hard, that makes real success possible,” explains David.

His background in environmental science is key in the development of site-specific landscapes involving soil and slope stabilization, habitat restoration, and new vegetation management. His strength lies in his ability to focus on developing spaces that are artistic, appropriate to the needs of the client, and responsive to the surrounding environment. Perhaps his most iconic project, Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center epitomizes Schwarz’s signature style, being wonderfully classic, with a modern twist.

Describing his design philosophy, Schwarz explains: “Our architecture is what would have happened if modernism hadn’t happened. But modernism happened.”

“We set out to create what we call neoclassicism appropriate for 21st-century Nashville,” says Schwarz. “The building and all its details are much less serious, much lighter, much more friendly, much less imposing than simple.” neoclassicism of, say, the 19th or early 20th century.

One of the most exciting features of the 197,000-square-foot, 1,872-seat concert hall is the enormous amount of indirect natural light. After touring concert halls around the world, notably Vienna’s Musikverein, Schwarz decided that natural light was an important element to include in the interior. Innovative features include a convertible seating system designed to give the room unique versatility.

Schwarz describes Schermerhorn as “the most classically inspired building we’ve ever done.”

Another classic design with incredible scope and space utilization is the Dr Pepper Ballpark. Following its construction in 2003, Dr Pepper Ballpark received the 2003 Texas Construction Award for Best Architectural Design and the surrounding sports complex received the award for Best Sports and Entertainment.

Schwarz had a stated goal of creating a “park within a (ball) park” at the stadium. Nine interconnecting pavilions, where concessions, restrooms and luxury suites are located, are built separately from the main seating area.

Its Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex features “Florida Picturesque” architecture, with tall towers and seemingly endless arches at the field house and ballpark.

Other projects include the Tarrant County Family Law Center, which has a historically evocative design, and Bass Hall, critically hailed as “the last great hall built this century,” and voted by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top 10 opera houses in the world.

Within his firm, Schwarz’s main responsibility is that of director of design. In this capacity, he directs, orchestrates and reviews the design process for all of the firm’s projects. . He is frequently asked to create unique and custom modern furniture to complement the company’s interiors. Fine details, rich materials, and a high level of craftsmanship characterize Schwarz’s contemporary furniture projects, which range from the understated, such as a highly detailed, arts and crafts-inspired inlaid buffet with an imaginative and protective float glass cover; for the technically savvy, like an art deco-inspired oval loggia table. The table can be folded in half lengthwise for placement against the wall and contains custom-fabricated hinges and a device that automatically centers half of the top on the base, allowing the table top to turn between oval and semi-oval without sacrificing the center of gravity. . He has also explored elements in modern furniture design, such as a custom freestanding medicine cabinet and a stainless steel and glass stool. The range and variety in style, inspiration, and material account for his vision, regardless of scope or scale.

Schwarz is committed to college-level teaching and engagement and reading to the public. He currently serves as Chairman of the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Corcoran Art Gallery, located in Washington, DC.

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