The Richard H. Driehaus Lecture presented by David M. Schwarz


Location: 104 Bond Hall

Precedent: Its Importance & Its Practice
Presented by David M. Schwarz


Lecture Summary

Precedent has long been integral to architecture. In the days of yore, it was based in history, that which has come before. Not so much today. Precedent, as architecture itself, has found its origins in odd and different places. This talk strives to understand precedent, in the architecture of today as well as how it has been incorporated into our work.



David Schwarz is the President and CEO of the Washington, DC-based design firm David M. Schwarz Architects. Mr. Schwarz received his Bachelor's Degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and earned his Master of Architecture from Yale University in 1974. Mr. Schwarz was recently named the 2015 Driehaus Prize Laureate, was the 2014 recipient of the Arthur Ross Award and received one of the first President's Awards from the National Building Museum. His work has also received awards from the Urban Land Institute, Congress of New Urbanism, American Institute of Architects, Society of American Registered Architects, National Sculpture Society and others.

Some of Mr. Schwarz's most celebrate designs include 1718 Connecticut Ave in Washington, DC,  The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Texas Rangers Ballpark, Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Environmental Science Center at Yale University.

In addition to his duties at DMSAS, Mr. Schwarz also serves as Chairman of the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council; a member of the Executive Committee of the Yale University Capital Campaign; and has previously led studios at both Yale University and the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Schwarz is a Sterling Fellow at Yale University.

Mr. Schwarz is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Building Museum, the Board of Overseers for the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America. Additionally, he serves as the Jury Chairman for the Vincent J. Scully Prize Fund Endowment of the National Building Museum.