Arnold Swanborn is a design principal with CO Architects in Los Angeles. With more than 30 years design experience, his career spans a wide array of project types, including small single-family commissions, technically challenging projects in the healthcare and higher education realms, commercially driven multi-family residential and office projects.
Arnold’s portfolio of work is consistently awarded and recognized by the profession for a commitment to creating experiential architecture specifically driven by place, tactility, and unique manipulation of natural light as material presence. All of these design considerations provide a variety of innovative environments for teaching, discovery, and healing that are dynamic and collaborative.
Born in The Netherlands, Arnold holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architecture Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California. Arnold is a California licensed architect, a member of the AIA, and a LEED-Accredited Professional.
Arnold is well-known for designing award-winning buildings, investigating new ways to enrich lives, fulfill functional and technical expectations, and appeal as fully to the senses as to the intellect. His work focuses on connecting people to place and leading by example through the design of sustainable buildings that are responsive to their environments. Arnold has played an instrumental role in the design of many iconic projects across the US and abroad. His work includes the widely publicized Health Sciences Innovation Building, Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building, and Health Sciences Education Building at the University of Arizona. Prior to CO, Arnold’s experience included the Museum Tower in Dallas, the centerpiece of the Dallas Arts District, and Met Lofts in downtown Los Angeles.
Fundamental to Arnold’s architectural approach is the belief that great ideas can come from anyone and anywhere. He encourages a diversity of opinions to enrich each project. To that end, along with teaching commitments at the University of Southern California and serving as a frequent juror of student work at local and national schools, Arnold is an active mentor to young designers and architects. He sees mentorship as an essential responsibility to architectural practice.
Arnold Swanborn, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, CO Architects
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