Richard N. Swett, FAIA

Richard N. Swett served as the United States Ambassador to Denmark from 1998-2001.

In 1990, he was elected to the US House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire. In Congress, he served on the Committee on Public Works and Transportation; the Committee on Science, Space and Technology; the United States Congressional Delegation for Relations with the European Parliament; and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. He co-authored the Congressional Accountability Act, landmark legislation that requires Congress to abide by the same laws it passes for the rest of the country. He also authored the Transportation for Livable Communities Act, which ensures that community needs are considered as transportation programs are developed and implemented.

In the private sector, Ambassador Swett's range of business experience encompasses architectural design, project management, corporate management, project development and finance. He is Managing Principal and Vice President at the international architecture and engineering firm, LEO A. DALY, doing business in the US, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Russia. He is a licensed architect. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a former state chair of the US Olympic Committee and serves on the Boards of numerous corporations and think tanks, including Aerosat and APCO Worldwide. He is a contributing author to the book, A Nation Reconstructed: A Quest for the Cities That Can Be and author of the book, Leadership by Design: Creating an Architecture of Trust. He has authored dozens of articles and is currently speaking across the nation on design's impact on public policy, something he calls "Design Diplomacy."

He was born on May 1, 1957, in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in Architecture in 1979 from Yale. While at Yale, he was awarded the Timothy Dwight College Master's Cup for excellence, served as captain of the Yale track team and still holds the University record in the decathlon. The US Junior Chamber of Commerce named him one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 1993. He is married to Katrina Lantos Swett and they have seven children.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

Denmark, (1998 - 2001)

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic - Business Development
  • Economic - Development
  • Economic - Energy
  • Executive - Program Management
  • Management - Construction
  • Political - Elections
  • Public Affairs - Public Relations