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Schwennsen, Kate, FAIA

Schwennsen, Kate, FAIA

Director, School of Architecture and Professor of Architecture

Office: Lee 3-126
Phone: 864-656-3895

M.Arch., Iowa State University; B.A. in Architecture, with Distinction, Iowa State University

Curriculum Vitae

Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, Professor, is the Director of the School of Architecture, Clemson University. She joined the Clemson faculty in August 2010. Kate is a recognized leader in bridging architectural education and practice, with expertise in issues of design leadership, diversity, and evolving models of practice and education in architecture. Kate has held many leadership positions in professional organizations, most recently as the 2-term (6 years) 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. Kate is the chief academic officer of this collaborative multidisciplinary school of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation and Resilient Urban Design, with approximately 500 students and 60+ faculty and staff, 13 degree and certificate programs, across a Fluid Campus in 4 locations. As director, she sees her primary job to be recruiting talented, ambitious people (students, faculty and staff), and supporting their success.

For more information about the School of Architecture and Kate's point of view, see the Message From the Director.