Envelope conversations at Princeton

March 22, 2010

There is an overload of interesting discussions Wednesday night in Princeton,NJ.  While the Plasma Physics Lab, a DOE research center for Nuclear fusion technologies, hosts a colloquia ( where the scientists ask questions? ) about digital design, the Architecture school will host their ongoing Envelope discussions with this nights group including Matthias Schuler. I’m probably going to leave my job trying to do some LEED EB work for the PPPL and go here what Schuler and others have to say about sustainable design.

Matthias Schuler is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Technology. He has held the position of Lecturer in Architecture at the GSD since 2001, teaching courses in sustainability and climate engineering.

In 1992, Schuler founded Transsolar in Stuttgart, Germany, now a leading provider of consulting services on developing sustainable design strategies for buildings. The firm has a strong technical basis, and commonly performs highly sophisticated computational simulations (e.g., thermal, lighting) for concept validations. Schuler has worked with a large number of well-known architects in the field on high-profile projects. Among others, he has collaborated on projects by the following: Herzog/de Meuron (Parrish Art Museum, Topeak Towers); Stephen Holl (Linked Hybrid, Herning Art Museum); Behnisch, Behnisch and Partners (Nord LB, Skylofts, etc.); Jean Nouvel (Musee de la Mer, Philharmonie Paris, Louvre Abu Dhabi); Gehry Design Architects (Novartis, Museum of Tolerance, World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, etc.); Murphy/Jahn (New Bangkok International Airport, Posttower, etc.) and OMA (Center for Performing Arts, Museum Plaza). His design solutions are always innovative, and backed up by massive analytical simulation studies that confirm their effectiveness. Recently his activities have moved beyond the building scale and he is now working on energy and comfort solutions at the urban master plan level, like the carbon-neutral Masdar development in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with Foster + Partners.

Schuler plays a leadership role in the GSD’s expansion into areas of sustainability in the coming years and will initially coordinate and lead a team whose overall target is the integration of sustainability and design practice in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture education, spanning from cross disciplinary introductory lectures to core and options studios involvement.

Schuler received the Diplom-Ingenieur degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart. In addition to teaching at the GSD, he has also taught at the University of Stuttgart and University of Limerick.


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