Andrea Swartz, AIA
Chairperson of Department of Architecture and Professor
Andrea Swartz is a Professor of Architecture at Ball State University, where she has taught both undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios; electives/independent studies in photography, furniture making and materials; and the required introductory structures course for all architecture students. Swartz’ teaching style and process is inspired by any opportunity to see more clearly, learn more deeply, and engage issues of human use, materiality, and craft. Swartz received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Architecture professional from Yale, receiving the Henry Adams Medal for her achievements. She is a registered architect in both Indiana and Rhode Island and has worked in firms in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, California, Washington, Maine and Rhode Island.
Swartz has participated in regional, national and international architectural design and art competitions where her submissions have received numerous awards, including REUSEKAH and OSMOSIS. Her current projects are a design entry for Waterfront Convertibles on the Riverfront in Kentucky, designing a small-scale, temporary and multipurpose pavilion to be used in series throughout the Waterfront. She is also leading Muncie Makes, located downtown at 628 S Walnut Street in downtown Muncie. The lab itself is part of a renovation process of the former Muncie Urban Design Studio, which was a connection between the College of Architecture and Planning and the Muncie community before it fell into disuse. Students actively apply the skills learned from course work and renovate and research the history of the building according to its historic character.