Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Switzer Group
Lou Switzer, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of The Switzer Group, is an acclaimed interior designer, successful business leader and cultural trailblazer. Since establishing The Switzer Group in NYC in 1975—then among the few minority-owned design entities—he has steered the firm’s growth and steadfastly created one of the most prestigious interior architecture companies in the nation, consistently ranked among America’s 100 Design Giants in annual revenues.
Forward-thinking and with keen insight, incomparable standards and a sharp focus on client needs, Mr. Switzer has built and maintains a client base of Fortune 500 companies. Representative clients include IBM, Wells Fargo Bank, JP Morgan Chase, MasterCard, Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medical College, St. John’s University, AMC Networks and Vice Media. He oversees all of the company’s operations, ensures project goals are met, and is the force behind the firm’s new business development efforts.
His signature design style—contemporary, clean and elegant with productivity and performance at its center—informs and provides the foundation for The Switzer Group’s aesthetic. He takes a hands-on role in project development, guiding the work of his designers and nurturing client and teaming relationships to deliver exceptional projects.
Mr. Switzer is an Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame inductee (1993), and is the recipient of numerous community and industry awards and honors. Among his achievements: the 1994 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations in New York; the National Association of Black Accountants’ 1987 Entrepreneur of the Year; and the ACE Mentor Program’s 1995 Man of the Year for distinguished achievement and support for the organization, of which he was a trustee and founding member.
His participation in the community includes terms on the Board of Trustees of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, the Board of Directors of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Metro New York Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Browning School. He currently serves on The Windward School Board of Directors. Professional affiliations include membership to the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Real Estate Board of New York, and the New York Building Congress.
Hailing from Orangeburg, South Carolina, Mr. Switzer moved north in the mid-1960to attend Pratt Institute and launch his career in New York City.