Lou Switzer on Diversity in Design Today

Portrait of Lou Swizter

Lou Switzer (above) on wanting to become an architect:

Ever since I was in the fourth grade, I was interested in becoming an architect, getting involved in design. The reason for that is my aunt’s husband was an architect. He was very talented and he used to do all these beautiful renderings of homes. I think that’s what got me really into design and focusing on design and architecture.

Everything I did from the fourth grade on was really toward architecture. When I got into high school, I started taking mechanical drafting. In my mechanical drafting class I became very talented and had a mentor…who taught [the class] and who was an architect. He was a big influence on me continuing within the architecture community.

Lou Switzer helped found the ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. which works to get high school students involved in architecture, construction, and engineering. The Switzer Group is an interior architecture firm with clients that include the Walt Disney Co., General Motors, IBM, Columbia University, and AMC.