Mr. Lou Switzer is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Switzer Group, Inc., one of the nation’s most progressive interior architectural design consulting firms since 1975. Today, The Switzer Group Inc. is the nation’s largest black-owned interior architectural design firm and currently among the top 100 American design firms.
A forward thinking leader, Lou skillfully guided the firm’s remarkable growth to prominence from its humble beginnings. His business acumen permits him to garner prestigious assignments from high profile fortune 500 corporations. For nearly four decades, he has developed a sterling reputation as an innovator with a distinctive style in facilities design. Lou’s work has been profiled in many prominent trade publications. A native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Lou attended Pratt Institute. He has received numerous community and industry awards and honors, including his induction into the Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was bestowed with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations in New York. The National Association of Black Accountants named him Entrepreneur of the Year in 1987. He was also awarded Man of the Year in 1995 for his distinguished achievement and support of the Ace Mentor Program, where he was also a Trustee and founding member. Lou was formerly on the Board of Trustees of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids, and formerly on the Board of Directors of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Lou also formerly served as Board Member of the Metro New York Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has been a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and The New York Building Congress. Professional affiliations include former memberships to the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Real Estate Board of New York, and The New York Building Congress. Lou is currently a member of the Board of The Windward School and a Board of Trustee of The Browning School.