Sean Patrick Nohelty

Sean Patrick Nohelty, AIA ‘97

Academic Director of External Relations and Professor of the Practice


Sean Patrick Nohelty, AIA is a practicing architect and Principal at David M. Schwarz Architects, a nationally renowned firm focused on the contemporary practice of traditional architecture and urban design as a means to build a more sustainable future. He joined the School of Architecture Faculty full-time in May 2019 as a Professor of the Practice teaching upper level design studios. 

Nohelty also serves as the Academic Director of External Relations, a newly created role whose mission is to help advance the School’s goals by fostering opportunities for enriching engagement among its students, alumni and professionals in the industry and affiliated disciplines.

Nohelty’s 20+ years of experience in architecture and urban design covers a broad spectrum of typologies including healthcare, hospitality, civic, performing arts, office, mixed-use and master planning. He has led the design and management of projects located in Washington, DC, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio and Costa Rica. His work through the firm has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Associated Builders and Contractors, among others.

Nohelty currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Architectural Foundation and the David M. Schwarz Architects Charitable Foundation. He has served on the Boards of the Washington, DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Notre Dame School of Architecture Advisory Council, Notre Dame Montana Society, and the Ngoma Center for Dance. In 2015, Nohelty and his family co-founded “Fighting for Fiona & Friends” at the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare & Neglected Diseases at Notre Dame to support a new research initiative tackling the rare disease Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH) that afflicted his niece.

Nohelty co-founded the David M. Schwarz Architects Internship & Traveling Fellowship Awards at Notre Dame and has served on design juries at Yale University, University of Miami, University of Maryland, Catholic University of America, and the University of Notre Dame. He has lectured at national conferences and universities, served on professional award juries, and his work has been featured in numerous industry publications including Clem Labine’s Traditional Building, ICAA’s The Classicist, AIA’s Justice Facilities Review and PCI’s Ascent Magazine.

Nohelty received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame (1997) and is currently pursuing an Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration at the Mendoza College of Business. He is licensed in the District of Columbia, Indiana, Texas and California and is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Building Design + Construction. Nohelty is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civic Design
  • Community Building
  • Healthcare Design
  • Hospitality Design
  • Professional Practice
  • Urban Design
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