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Mr. David Swartz, FAIA

Senior Partner,
HLW International LLP

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HLW International LLP
Santa Monica, CA


David Louis Swartz FAIA has been with HLW International LLP since 1995 and has been a lead technical Partner since 2000. He has worked on a variety of projects that have been published and won numerous awards. In 2017, David was inducted into the College of Fellows of the AIA. He is licensed in 22 states and is both LEED Accredited and NCARB Certified. He has been very active with the California Architect’s Board for over twenty years where he served as a Master Commissioner. He co-taught ‘Materials and Methods of Construction’ with Pierre Koenig at USC and then was adjunct faculty from 1996 thru 1997 while at HLW. In 1998 David was one of the AIA National Young Architect Award winners for his technical portfolio from work which was exhibited at MIT in 1994 and USC in 1993. David also worked extensively with National AIA/CES and the State of Florida in the first legal action for just interpretation of interstate CES Credit. In 1993 he was a featured Young Architect in Progressive Architecture Magazine.
David is an architect in pursuit of mastering the details of architecture. In every professional effort he brings to the table a strong technical background complemented equally by a most rigorous aesthetic ability. He carefully crafts all the aspects of the projects with which he is involved by exploring all the details in the creation of the designs. His understanding of construction and his ability to master its assemblage is at the highest level. His love of creating built objects can be seen in the time he lavishes on his work and in his constant reinvention of new components. David continually challenges himself, his students and his peers to master the technology of architecture and the details of architecture are a core fabric of his being.

Specialties: Code Expertise, Difficult Projects, Disabled AccessReview, Complex Detailing


Los Angeles, California, United States
M. Arch, 1989
1987 To 1989

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York, United States
B. Arch, 1982
1978 To 1979

Job History

HLW International LLP
August 1995 - present