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Gary Schwerzler


Site Design–Land and Water Combine to Deliver a Unique and Intimate Experience

Gary S. Schwerzler is the interpretive architect behind the design of the entire memorial complex, from its inception in 1992 to its completion in 2002. Schwerzler created, with broad community input, a Memorial site design that seamlessly integrates the bronze sculpture group, compass rose, story wall, and other components with the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The Memorial site is an accessible, compelling and inspirational public space at the center of the city of Annapolis at the foot of it’s harbor.

As President and Principal Architect of Fourth Street Design Studio, a full-service architectural firm in Annapolis, Maryland, Schwerzler has designed projects throughout the greater Washington-Baltimore-Annapolis region. A graduate from Carnegie Institute of Technology, his designs for residential and commercial structures have been feature in Country Home, Southern Living, and Annapolitan magazines, among others. He also was a Program Director and Professor of Architecture at Anne Arundel Community College.

An integral member of the Annapolis community, Schwerzler has served on the board of Historic Annapolis Foundation, Inc., was Chairman of the Annapolis City Planning and Zoning Committee, a former President of the Ward One Association, and a current member of the board for Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation.