Schwennsen, Kate, FAIA
Professor, Director of 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.
In Fall 2011, the School of Architecture faculty designed posters to represent their research, designs, accomplishments and interests, for use in the NAAB accreditation process.