Aaron Schwarz | Plan A Architecture + Design NYC

Plan A was founded in 2015 by architect, Aaron B. Schwarz FAIA.  The firm is based on the belief that design excellence makes a difference and positively affects our society.  The firm offers programming, planning and architectural design services to both the public and private sector.  The firm is based in New York City and works on assignments globally.

Prior to starting Plan A, Aaron was a Principal and Executive Director of Perkins Eastman for over 24 years.  Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, Aaron was a Managing and Design Principal at Perkins + Will, where he worked for 10 years.  Aaron has significant experience and expertise in commercial, residential and education projects.  He has worked extensively in the United States, China and India.  His projects have won numerous design awards and his work has been extensively published.

 Aaron Schwarz, FAIA, of Plan A Architecture + Design during his time building the Perkins Eastman office in India.

 Aaron B. Schwarz, FAIA

Aaron is the managing director of Plan A and serves as principal-in-charge on all projects. He has over 30 years of experience in the design of new buildings, renovation projects, and major urban design and planning assignments. Prior to establishing Plan A, Aaron was a senior principal and a founding executive director of Perkins Eastman.  Primarily based in New York City, he was the leader of their global higher education practice. During his tenure with Perkins Eastman, he was responsible for many initiatives and served as managing director of their Stamford and Charlotte offices. Most recently, Aaron lived in Mumbai to establish the firm’s design practice in India and Southeast Asia. Before joining Perkins Eastman, Aaron was a Managing and Design Principal at Perkins + Will, which he joined in 1981.

Aaron received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 1980. He was named as one of Crain’s 40 under 40 and was one of New York Time’s Style Makers. His design work has been internationally published in numerous journals and books. In 2004, Aaron was elected into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his design contributions. He is a licensed architect in several different states in the United States and is a registered architect in India.

A partial list of clients for which Aaron has led design projects include:

Higher Education

Primary and Secondary Education

  • New York City Public Schools, New York, New York

  • Byram Hills Public Schools, Armonk, New York

  • Riverdale Country Day School, Riverdale, New York

  • Pittsburgh Public Schools

  • Green Chimneys School, Brewster, New York

  • Fairfield Public Schools, Fairfield, Connecticut

  • Miss Hall’s School, Pittsford, Massachusetts

Commercial Development

  • Kaufman Astoria Studios, Queens, New York

  • Empire Management, New York, New York

  • Building and Land Technologies, Norwalk, Connecticut

  • IL+FS, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Spinnaker Realty, Norwalk, Connecticut

  • Renaissance Technologies, Stony Brook, New York

  • Edward J. Minskoff Equities, New York, New York

  • Alexandria Realty, Bangalore, India

  • Tuan Jie Lake, Beijing, China

  • Repsol, Madrid, Spain

  • Spinnaker Real Estate, South Norwalk, Connecticut

Government and Cultural:

  • City of Ithaca, Ithaca, New York

  • City of Yonkers, Yonkers, New York

  • Chongqing Library, Chonqing, China

  • Krasnoyarsk Agglomeration, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

  • Office of General Services, Albany, New York

  • City of Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut

  • Stamford Public Library, Stamford, Connecticut

Residential and Hospitality Development:

  • Embassy Suites Hotel, New York, New York

  • Hyatt Regency, Neemrana, India

  • Godrej Properties, Mumbai, India

  • Tata Housing, Sonha, India

  • Larsen and Toubro, Mumbai, India

  • Max Health, Delhi, India