Craig Schwitter is a principal who founded the first U.S. BuroHappold Engineering office in New York City nearly 20 years ago. Under his leadership, the global firm has expanded to multiple cities throughout the United States and now totals more than 240 staff regionally. Craig is a champion of integrated engineering and the appropriate use of technology, which allows his projects to be flexible, efficient, and engaging for users. Focused on creating innovative structures for the built environment, Craig has led the successful delivery of many iconic projects that have transformed cities throughout the world. These include New York City’s High Line, a stretch of elevated rail line that was converted to a public park and has now become one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the City as well as Harvard University’s new Science and Engineering Complex outside Boston, which when completed, will be among the most cutting-edge teaching and research facilities in the world.
Craig’s portfolio of signature engineering projects span across sectors – from cultural, higher education, and civic developments to transportation, stadia, and master planning initiatives. Recognized as a pioneering thought leader, Craig currently serves on the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Board and frequently speaks at national industry conferences and events. He also lectures at colleges and universities throughout the country, and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.