University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


Lawrence J. Schnuck

Lawrence J. Schnuck, BS Architectural Studies ’78, MARCH with Honors ’86distinguished schnuck 120x120

Senior Principal, Kahler Slater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Larry is a Design Architect and Senior Principal with Kahler Slater, a 102-year-old Architectural design firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  At Kahler Slater, Larry leads the team that specializes in the design and planning of University buildings with a focus on medical and health sciences learning environments.  Larry’s understanding of the needs of educator and student in real-world experiences in classroom settings has been recognized on a national level, and has allowed him to design award-winning facilities for universities and colleges throughout the United States, and has recently expanded to International work as well. Just this month, his work for the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater – College of Business and Economics was recognized with a design award from the American Institute of Architects.

Larry’s career at Kahler Slater spans 24 years.  During this time, a number of facilities he has designed have been recognized with awards bestowed from organizations such as AIA Wisconsin, the Associated General Contractors of America, the State of Wisconsin Department of Facilities, and the US Green Building Council. Larry has been invited to present his work at the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Dental Educator Association conference, and the Tradeline International Conference Series.  He has authored a chapter in the book, “Architecture 101, A Guide to the Design Studio” by Andy Pressman and presented the Northcentral Technical College Health Sciences Center as a Case Study in “Sustainable Healthcare Architecture” by Robin Guenther.

In service to the profession, he is on the Examining Board of architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, designers, and land surveyors for the State of Wisconsin, which has been instrumental in maintaining the high quality of professionals receiving licenses in their respective fields.  Larry is a member of the American Institute of Architects,  and served for many years as Wisconsin’s  representative on the National AIA Committee on Design.  More recently, he  has served as a President of the Wisconsin Architectural Foundation, representing the local profession and determining scholarship support for Wisconsin architectural students. He is also a member of several national organizations that are engaged in designing quality facilities for educational and health care facilities.

In addition to his professional practice, Larry has served as adjunct faculty at the School of Architecture in design studios and is involved in a number of community ventures.  He is an active board member for the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin, Capitol West Academy, a charter school in the City of Milwaukee, The Friends of Art Committee for the Milwaukee Art Museum, and is a member of his local community building board. In 2010, he was recognized as  Milwaukee Art Museum’s “Friend of the Year”, for the more than two decades of support that he  has given as a chairperson for numerous events, including the Lakefront Festival of Arts in 2001, as a member of Friends of Art.

At UWM, Larry has served for two years as President of the UWM Alumni Association Board of Trustees, and is a staunch supporter of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, its programs, and its students.  In addition, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Health Sciences.  In the past, Larry has been an active member of the SARUP Alumni Chapter and is a founding member of the Dean’s Club, a group of alumni who collectively have endowed $1 million to the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.