Chad Joseph Schwartz

Chad Joseph Schwartz
Kansas State University | KSU · Department of Architecture

Masters of Architecture

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Introduction
I am an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University. I teach design studio at both the undergraduate and graduate level along with building construction and structures. I spent a decade practicing architecture in Phoenix before shifting my career to full time teaching. My research centers on investigations of the tectonic in contemporary architecture and on the development of pedagogy for integrating the teaching of design and construction.
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - June 2020
Kansas State University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2011 - May 2017
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2003 - July 2011
Arizona State University
Position
  • Faculty Associate
Education
August 2001 - May 2003
Arizona State University
Field of study
  • Architecture
August 1996 - May 2000
University of Illinois at Chicago
Field of study
  • Architecture

Publications

Publications (25)
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This introductory chapter to The Louna Bookshop Project discusses the learning opportunities inherent in the pedagogy of academic design/build. Academic design/build – an educational construct somewhat distinct from the professional practice construct of the same name in which the same entity provides both design and construction services – affords...
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This anthology of selected works outlines three critical instigators of architecture, all tied directly to the tectonic makeup of our built environment – place, material, and assembly. These catalysts provide the organizational framework for a collection of essays discussing their significant influence on the processes of architectural design and c...
Poster
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This presentation centers on a recently initiated, seminar-based research project through which a group of upper division and graduate architecture students are rigorously examining a set of precedents in an eff ort to better understand how significant architects of the 20th and 21st centuries treated or continue to treat, as the case may be, the a...
Presentation
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The architectural detail, the making of things, and the theoretical premise of the architectonic guide my work both as a practicing architect and as an academic. Much of my research to-date has built on a premise of a multifaceted understanding of construction in the practice of architecture, primarily to help develop ways to best teach the princip...
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In order to create architectural enclosure, the primary systems of a building are forced to turn and wrap back upon themselves. This fundamental precept of building is often overlooked as critical to the functional performance, aesthetic appearance, and conceptual understanding of our built environment. At its base level, most material systems perf...
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Several years ago, I decided that participating in community-based design/build is an experience that every student passing through the school of architecture should have at least once in his or her education. As an individual faculty member, however, the design/build studio was incapable of providing this type of reach. As such, a design/build pro...
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A precedent is a preceding occurrence, object, or event that can serve as an example for current or future endeavors. Jeffery Balmer and Michael Swisher discuss the deployment of this learning strategy in architectural education in their book Diagramming the Big Idea. They laud the potential of students studying the built environment, but warn that...
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In “The Tell-the-Tale Detail,” Marco Frascari discusses the history of the architectural mantra, “God lies [or is] in the details.” This quip, identified in most architectural circles to be professed by Mies van der Rohe, has a lineage that extends earlier to Aby Warburg and Gustave Flaubert working in the realms of art history and literary product...
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In Thinking Architecture, Peter Zumthor states that “buildings are artificial constructions. They consist of single parts which must be joined together.”1 Within this discussion, Zumthor poses that the quality of a finished project is a direct resultant of the quality of the joints holding together the assembly. As such, the architectural joint sit...
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Design/build is a classification of practice in the architecture and construction fields in which the same entity both designs and builds a project. Starting in the 1960s, this practice has gradually made its way into the academic environment. Here, students generate a design and actively participate in transforming that design into a real structur...
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[O]ne might argue that a building is intensified through the elaboration of its own medium – a language of sticks and stones – to induce a state of architecture. The “material” that underlies architecture is somehow rooted in construction and its details, and yet beguilingly, the devices that engage the building practice are most often in tension w...
Book
Introducing Architectural Tectonics is an exploration of the poetics of construction. Tectonic theory is an integrative philosophy examining the relationships formed between design, construction, and space while creating or experiencing a work of architecture. In this text, author Chad Schwartz presents an introductory investigation into tectonic t...
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An engagement with the senses is essential to the creation of closeness and intimacy between people and their environment. It follows then that the development of this way of thinking about the built environment should be prominently addressed in the training of future architects. If an architect has the opportunity—or responsibility—to encourage h...
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div class="title">Architectural signs: translating the linework of architecture - Volume 20 Issue 3 - Chad Joseph Schwartz
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The practice of architecture is the practice of making representations. As such, there is a need to help the developing architecture student learn how to make critical connections between their created representations and the real product that would be generated from them. In the current technology driven environment, these connections frequently i...
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The blank page can be intimidating for an architecture student. When starting a project, there are multiple devices that can be employed to alleviate the novice student of this anxiety. One such tool is precedent analysis. The study of precedents provides key lessons - relationships between components, systems of order, means of connection, and con...
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The pedagogy of design/build can be deployed in a wide variety of ways in an architectural curriculum. Despite common goals - breaking free of the classroom, exploring through experiential learning, and imparting a well-rounded understanding of the practice of architecture - the particular construct of design/build utilized can significantly impact...
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In her book, Architecture: The Story of Practice, author Dana Cuff maintains that the social context of architecture—the economic, the interactive, and the political—is as critical to the outcome of a given project as any of its physical properties. The potential importance of these social dimensions in the creation of architecture necessitates an...
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In his book "The Thinking Hand", Juhani Pallasmaa states that, "[w]hile drawing, a mature designer and architect is not focused on the lines of the drawing, as he is envisioning the object itself, and in his mind holding the object in his hand or occupying the space being designed." How then does the beginning design student gain the insight necess...
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The pedagogy of design/build can be deployed in a wide variety of ways in an architectural curriculum. Despite common goals of breaking education free of the classroom, the exploration of architecture through experiential learning, and instilling within the students a more complete understanding of the practice of architecture (amongst other object...
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In his essay The Tell-the-Tale Detail, Marco Frascari discusses the potential role of the detail as the generator of design. For him, within the architectural detail are both the “techne of logos” and the “logos of techne” and it is here that the construing (the making of understanding) and the construction (the understanding of making) of architec...
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Systemic thinking is the process of understanding how systems or components influence one another within a whole. The study of architectural tectonics is a systemic endeavor. From Kenneth Frampton’s statement that tectonics is “the formal amplification of the structural presence in relation to the assembly of which it is a part;” to Gottfried Sempe...
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In his book Cube, David Morrow Guthrie discusses the role of abstraction or representation as the typical means of generating design in an architectural studio. For him, these constructs remove the maker from the immediacy and intimacy of the built architectural work. In addition, when these representations are made primarily by using Building Info...
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In “Being and Time,” Martin Heidegger states that the nearest kind of association one can have is not merely through perceptual cognition, but rather by handling, using, and taking care of things. As he noted, “we do not come to know a hammer by staring at it, but by grabbing hold of it and using it.” Undergraduate students in any school of archite...

Projects

Projects (6)
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Exploring the history and contemporary application of architectural tectonics.