Shawn Swisher

Adjunct Lecturer in Architecture


  • Architecture
  • School of Architecture
Shawn Swisher

Areas of Expertise

  • Architecture and design
  • Digital fabrication
  • Methods of representation


  • M.Arch, University of California, Berkeley, B.Arch, University of Southern California



Shawn Swisher was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California, where he was recognized as a USC Discovery Scholar and received the 2010 USC Global Prize for his design work while traveling abroad in France. Upon graduation in 2010, he was awarded the Jon A. Jerde Traveling Fellowship to study the work of Peter Zumthor in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Shawn went on to receive his Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013, studying the implications of digital fabrication and manufacturing on architectural design under Ronald Rael.

Shawn has worked at Jones Studio in Tempe since 2018, working on conceptual master plans, higher education and institutional buildings and private residences. He previously worked as an architect and designer at Richärd+Bauer, where his project experience ranged from local libraries to U.S. consulates around the world. Shawn is driven to create beautiful, meaningful architecture connected to its place, engaged with its community and focused on sustainable, equitable solutions.

Shawn is active in the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is an Arizona Forward Emerging Sustainability Leader and is co-host/co-producer of the podcast Tracing Architecture.


ARC 401 Design Studio V

News, Research and Projects

Consequence, by Jules Cervantes

Richärd Kennedy Fourth-Year Studio Prize Focuses on Environmental Innovation and Water Consciousness Along Tucson’s Santa Cruz River

Built environment innovation. Water consciousness. These are the principles fourth-year B.Arch students in the ARC 401 studio considered when crafting designs for a research center at the base of Sentinel Peak, along Tucson’s Santa Cruz River, for the Fall 2021 Richärd Kennedy Fourth-Year Studio Prize.