The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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Richard Swallow

Professor Emeritus


SUT 4.112B | office
+1 512 471 0147 | phone
+1 512 471 0716 | fax

The University of Texas at Austin
School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive Stop B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1009


B.S. Arch. (5 yr. Prof. Deg.), Rhode Island School of Design, 1953
M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1957

areas of interest

Advanced and Graduate Architectural Design with Mathematical emphasis; First and Second Year Design and Visual Communications


Born and raised in Rhode Island, Richard Swallow has been a registered architect in Texas since 1959, now Architect Emeritus. He is an Emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects; a member of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Kimbell Museum, Ft. Worth. He interned at the Walter Gropius-led firm, The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge; has worked with architects in Boston, Providence, Newport, Seattle, and Austin; and practiced under his own name in Austin, and Taos. Swallow's projects have been published in two books, and one exhibition in New York. He was Project Head and edited four publications on the environmental plan and prototype research facilities for the Buescher Science Park Project, in Smithville and Camp Swift, Texas (Sponsored by UT's M.D. Anderson Hospital).

Professor Swallow has been very active in the University as a past member of the Graduate Assembly, Faculty Council and Senate, many ad hoc and standing committees including several Campus building committees. He has been chair of the Lectures, Exhibits, Curriculum, and Graduate Studies Committees; and Graduate Adviser within the School of Architecture.

He has traveled extensively in Canada; The Caribbean Islands including pre-Castro Cuba; Europe (over a dozen trips: from Glasgow to as far east as Istanbul, as far north as Helsinki, and as far south as Crete); Hong Kong; Korea (5 months*); Mexico; and Japan (6 months* and two return visits). *As a 1st Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Swallow retired after 50 years of teaching at the School of Architecture on August 31, 2007.