Architect and Founding Principal and CEO, Sally Swanson Architects, Inc.
License: Architect, CA, 1982, #C12746
Education: M.A. in Urban Design & Planning, Columbia University
Environmental Studies, University of Washington
B.A. in Architecture, University of Illinois
Experience: Ms. Swanson, Founding Principal and CEO of Sally Swanson Architects, Inc. (SSA) has more than 34 years of experience in architecture, planning and accessible design and has managed her own award–winning firm since 1980. Headquartered in San Francisco, the firm is a 100 percent Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and DGS-certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) dedicated to serving the design needs of K-12 school districts, community colleges, municipal agencies, and private clients throughout the United States. Sally Swanson has an excellent reputation with these clients, as well as with the Department of General Services, the Division of the State Architect (DSA), the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD).
Ms. Swanson was a participant on the design and planning team commissioned to prepare Russia’s International Olympic Committee bid for the city of Sochi to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympics Games of 2014.
Ms. Swanson is recognized as a leader in access compliance. Working closely with the disabled community, she was instrumental in the development of the building code requirements for California’s Title 24 disabled access regulations. She has worked with many of the organizations that helped create and pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. In her design work she strives to enable persons with disabilities while maintaining the architectural integrity of each project she undertakes.
Ms. Swanson’s educational philosophy and approach is best expressed in her architecture work for Ford Elementary School, Richmond, CA. Designed to address the whole child, both body and mind, Ford Elementary creates a strong learning environment from a child’s point-of-view. This is a project that truly reflects the needs of the community while at the same time creating classroom spaces that reflect the best possible learning environment. The project was designed as a Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and is registered with CHPS, incorporates technology from Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and is verified by DSA.
Ms. Swanson was also an advisor to the Governor’s ADA task force for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. She was recently appointed a member of the DSA Advisory Board Access subcommittee and named one of the Top 100 Bay Area Woman Business Owners by the San Francisco Business Times.
Ms. Swanson’s core planning values center on collaboration, consensus building and facilitating stakeholder involvement. She is motivated by the interaction of learning and environment and is fully committed to designing an inclusive environment and welcomes working with everyone.