Vernon Swaback, founder of the Two Worlds Community Foundation, teamed up with University of Arizona students in order to create The Arizona Challenge 2.0. The challenge is an international student design competition that focuses on a positive future of design based on Arizona’s unique energy.
About the Foundation
The foundation, founded by architect and city planner Vernon D. Swaback in 2010, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art and technology of high-performance communities. The organization focuses on sustainability and innovation in its designs, aiming to capture the natural energy of our environment. The foundation believes in community efforts, encouraging all community members to participate in the creation of practical, beautiful, and economically viable solutions. With the help of volunteers, generous sponsors, and academic and business partners, the foundation engages the community through published works, forums, outreach programs, and academic events such as The Arizona Challenge.
Vernon D. Swaback
As the founder of the foundation and an avid community enthusiast, Swaback is both experienced and passionate. He has worked in architecture and city planning for over fifty years, and has completed dozens of major projects. Swaback’s innovation inspires others to think about design with a higher humanitarian purpose. Some of Swaback’s amazing expertise was gained through his close collaboration with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Swaback began his architectural career under Wright and also served as chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Swaback created the foundation in order to advocate for future-focused design for living in balance with each other and nature.