Schwennsen, Kate, FAIA
Professor and Director, School of Architecture
Office: Lee 3-126
M.Arch., Iowa State University; B.A. in Architecture, with Distinction, Iowa State University
Brief Biographical Narrative
Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, Professor, is the Director of the School of Architecture, Clemson University. She is a recognized leader in bridging architectural education and practice, with expertise on issues of design leadership, diversity, and evolving models of practice and education in architecture. Recent publications/presentations include: “Architectural Practice: A Critical View, Revisited”, "You Can't Just Add Women and Stir", "Sustainable Education Sustainable Profession", and "The Architect at Mid- (21st) Century". Kate has held many leadership positions in professional organizations, and is currently the Co-Chair of the Education Commission of the International Union of Architects (UIA), and Co-Reporter for the UNESCO/UIA Validation Council. Schwennsen was 2006 President of the American Institute of Architects, the second woman to serve as the elected leader of this then-149-year-old, 80,000-member organization. She is licensed to practice architecture in Iowa and South Carolina. Professor Schwennsen was formerly Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean (2001-2010) for Academic Programs of the College of Design, Iowa State University. Her contributions to the profession of architecture have been recognized with a number of honors and awards.
For more information about the School of Architecture and Kate's point of view, see the Message From the Director.