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  • Welcome to Parchment, the blog of David M. Schwarz Architects. In this space our team will share our musings, thoughts, and perspectives about architecture, design, and place making, all of which are rooted in our belief in humanism and a humanistic approach to design that gives us people-sensitive, pedestrian-friendly, socially active architecture defined by characteristics, not style. Our aim is to inform, inspire, and provoke thoughtful discourse about architecture today. We hope you will join the conversation.
Chicago Skyline from Willis Tower

Travelogue: Celebration and Sightseeing in Chicago

I recently returned from a quick jaunt to Chicago.  While it was at the start of the AIA’s National Convention at McCormick Place, the actual impetus for the trip was, in fact, a much more celebratory occasion.  David M. Schwarz’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, designed for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, is a 2014 recipient of a … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Buildings in D.C.

Last week, DCist posted a list of their favorite buildings in D.C, which got us thinking – what are our favorite buildings in our hometown? So we polled our staff and, in a city of great monuments and lots of limestone, got quite the interesting mix of buildings. Ranging from notorious to humble, historic to utilitarian, we … Continue reading

The Las Vegas High Roller At The LINQ Goes Dark For Earth Hour To Raise Awareness For Climate Change

Celebrating Retail Innovation in Las Vegas

Recently, two occurrences converged to create a great excuse for a party – not that one ever needs an excuse for a party. This past winter and early spring, our Las Vegas retail, dining and entertainment (RDE) project for Caesars Entertainment, the LINQ, had what can best be described as a soft opening. From late … Continue reading

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Craftsmanship Series: Lighting The Smith Center

Architects who enjoy developing all of the details of a project from massing concepts to stair railings, will understand that working on The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, NV was an extraordinary experience. From the Italian marble walls and floors to the custom metal railings and grilles; the custom Venetian plaster … Continue reading

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Craftsmanship Series: The Use of Wood in Architecture and Design, Part I

As part of our Craftsmanship in Architecture Series, we will be discussing the use of wood in architecture and design. This topic will span several posts, with this first one focusing on wood sources, sustainable considerations, and species selection criteria. Wood is a nearly perfect building material. A renewable resource, it is readily available and … Continue reading

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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Ballpark in Arlington

The following was authored by DMSAS Architect Jon Zubiller. Jon attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Architecture. Jon joined the firm in 2001.  As we finally (hopefully) break away from this long-winter’s grip, our attention turns to the boys of summer, as they take … Continue reading

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City

What Makes a Building Modern? A Few Words on Architectural Language

The following was authored by DMSAS Architect Chris Teigen. Chris graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame where he received his Bachelor of Architecture. He has been with the firm since 2008. Architects often talk about architecture in what amounts to a unique language. This language is used to describe everything from historical … Continue reading

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Craftsmanship: For the Love of Limestone

Limestone is found all over the world: as soft, yellow stone in southern England, creamy buff stone in southern France, a variety of interesting colors found in the Burgundy region, as well as numerous types in Portugal and Asia. It has been used as a building material for thousands of years: from the pyramids of … Continue reading

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Is THAT Building Worth Saving? The Metrics of Preservation

The following post was authored by Principal Craig Williams, and states positions on a few current controversial issues. The positions are those of the author. Friends and followers of the firm know that our practice was founded 35 years ago when we worked in many of Washington’s historic districts doing townhouse renovations and additions, along … Continue reading

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Chance Discoveries in the GPS Age: Nelsonville, Ohio

It happens that the state of Ohio has only one National Forest, and in the midst of that forest, nestled among the hills of the Hocking River Valley, is a small city called Nelsonville. It is seemingly unremarkable – it has a population of just over 5,000 and a technical college, but on a long … Continue reading

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