Vernon D. Swaback

Vernon D. Swaback, FAIA, FAICP, founder of Swaback Partners, a Scottsdale planning and architectural firm, is the head of a highly sought-after 60-person multi-disciplinary firm of designers. He is known as a dreamer, philosopher, and visionary who has also been an active change agent who wishes for the future to be more like the past. He wants our 21st century communities to be shaped by choice, not chance, and has been a crusading author for this vision. Builder magazine described his concept for a whole new type of community as Housing's Best Weigh-In on the 21st Century. Swaback moved from his native Chicago to Arizona in 1957 to become an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright. He remained with the Wright organization for twenty-two years, and stepped back in to head the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Board in 2004 as it dealt with controversial problems. Inducted into the College of Fellows of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners, Vernon Swaback has also been honored for his contributions to public art, manufactured housing, historic restoration, town planning, and for creating water-conserving environments. His soon to be released fifth book, Creating Value, Smart Development and Green Design is being published by the Urban Land Institute. It will be his third book to feature the lessons of Chautauqua.