Robert Schwartz

Robert began his career in architecture in 1964 working for various architecture firms performing building inspections and drafting. In 1969 he entered Skidmore, Owens & Merrill, where he worked in drafting, specification writing, estimating, construction administration, interior production and project management, and was a core member of the team that opened SOM´s Denver, Colorado office. In 1981, he founded Robert Schwartz & Associates, a privately owned and operated consulting firm. His experience reaches building types ranging from educational, research laboratories, commercial, health services, convention centers, military, housing, public offices, governmental, religious, correctional, transportation, restoration, commercial interiors and residential projects.

Based on years of experience and practice, his specifications philosophy is two fold: anticipation and prevention of project problems through experience as an architect in the construction industry and aiding clients in successful execution of projects through proper specification of materials and assemblies balanced with professional competence including extolling the “5 C´s” of specification writing - Clear, Concise, Complete, Correct and Consistent. Robert is a registered architect in the state of New Jersey, a certified Specifier and an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute, where he teaches specification writing. 

Michael Bean

Michael is an Architect and Specifier bringing 35 years of professional experience to Robert Schwartz & Associates. He has detailed knowledge in the preparation of technical specifications, including performing research and collecting information, and has served as a technical resource for material selection and product information. Recently, he was a valued contributor to “Inclusive Design Guidelines, New York City”, a publication by the Mayor´s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) published in 2010 by ICC and launched at NYC AIA. Micheal's position as Project Architect on several projects has provided him significant experience performing code analysis and coordinating construction documents, as well as enabling him to serve as an exceptional resource for drawing detail review. In addition, he has been Project Architect for the construction administration phase of various projects. 

Michael has gained professional experience within such companies as AECOM, TAMS, Bataglia/Seckler, and Miele Associates. He has worked in public agencies such as the MTA Metro-North Railroad, and worked previously in a supervisory capacity as Chief of the Specification Department (DDCM/ BBD) within the NYC Department of General Services (currently NYCDCAS and NYCDDC). He has further experience as Assistant Architect and Project Coordinator for the NYC Board of Education Division of School Buildings, preparing specifications, estimates and contract drawings for alteration projects within the NYC school system.