Schwartz and Architecture

Services Provided
SaA is an architecture studio that fosters a critical practice through built work.

Business Description
Schwartz and Architecture is an award-winning studio founded on a commitment to a highly interactive design process with our clients. We pride ourselves on architectural solutions of clarity, economy, and grace, but always within the pragmatics of a client’s budget, schedule, and needs. In fact, negotiating these often-competing, real-world demands inspires our creativity. We research precisely the particular attributes of site and context, thoughtfully expanding upon them to arrive at form. Our design sensibility is characterized by the choreography of movement, light, threshold, and material textures to create spaces that unfold into complex yet unified environments. We are particularly adept at managing complex permitting and construction processes and working with fixed schedules and resources.

The ethos of Schwartz and Architecture is a reflection of its principal’s unique combination of interests and skills. Neal Schwartz completed dual masters degrees in Architecture and Public Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government respectively. The combination of these two disciplines establishes the foundations of our practice: the creativity to explore our client’s needs in ways that surpass their expectations, and a devotion to rigorous management of complex design, permitting, and construction processes. In addition to heading the firm, Schwartz has been actively involved in teaching for 15 years, most recently as Associate Professor in Architecture and Coordinator of Advanced Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA).
San Francisco, CA US 
Neal Schwartz 
860 Rhode Island Street,
San Francisco, California,
United States, 94107 
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6 Ways to Deal With a Bad View Out the Window

You can come out from behind the closed curtains now. These strategies let in the light while blocking the ugly Full Story
     Comment   April 4, 2014
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We have huge windows on our 'sun room'. It overlooks two busy highways, one on the front and one on the side. So far the open land across the street on the front is not used, but in time something will be there. We like to use the room, but in the evenings it's like being in a goldfish bowl...totally exposed and well lit. I would like to cover the lower part of the windows, but the cats run the window sill and love to look out; they would totally love something they could climb :-( The 3 windows are each 6 feet across by 13 feet tall with the lower 2 feet or so as a separated pane. Nothing opens. There are other windows on another wall, but what might work for the front would work for them too. All suggestions will be great to think about. Thanks!
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@pajallen Our initial thought is large curtains that can slide across the whole expanse, but that might not be good for the cats to climb. Another option would be top-down/bottom-up cellular shades. You could cover the top and let the cats run around, cover the bottom and let in light, or just cover the middle. These shades give you tons of versatility.

For ultimate climbability, we'd say plantation shutters. They can be made to fold out over a large expanse like bi-fold doors.

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12 Deadly Decorating Sins

Are your room designs suffering from a few old habits? It may be time to change your ways Full Story
     Comment   March 27, 2014
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I saw the image of the dead zebra in the foyer and thought the article was going to say filling your house with dead animals for show was the sin to avoid. It's the only truly "deadly" thing in the article. I wish more designers had a conscience.
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I am not a fan of animal trophies or hides (and I don't know that the one pictured is real) but I am a fan of leather shoes, purses and chairs so I can't be too judgmental.
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Review by Bob Kunst Painting, Inc.:

Neil and Team are a pleasure to work with! They understand creative design and work well with everyone involved. It is a pleasure to work with them! I look f...
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Review by The Garden Route Company:

We have worked with Neil & his team on numerous projects and have always been struck by their attention to detail and ability to problem solve very complex Arch...
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Review by nicasio:

We've worked with Neal Schwartz twice—once to renovate our home in San Francisco (a complete gut remodel of a turn of the century Edwardian); the other in desig...
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Review by brianhuppi:

From the beginning we felt that Neal and his team really understood what we were after design-wise and came up with a great floor plan with architectural detail...
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Review by slchastain:

I hired S&A to help with a maor remodel of my primary residence. The results exceeded my expectations, I love my house. My needs were always considered, and I...
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