06/09/21 Professors Awarded Emeritus Status
USC President Dr. Carol L. Folt has awarded emeritus status to Professors Goetz Schierle and Graeme Morland, effective May 15, 2021. This designation indicates honorable retirement from assigned duties, recognizes faithful service worthy of high commendation, and anticipates continued membership in our academic community.
Professor Goetz Schierle, Ph.D. retires after 46 years as a USC Architecture faculty member. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, recipient of the ACSA Creative Achievement Award and NSF, HUD, and CUREE grants, founding director of the Master of Building Science program, and a licensed architect. He has lectured and published extensively on design for earthquake safety and tensile structures, and his professional practice includes major projects in America, Asia, and Europe. Prior to AutoCAD in 1980 he developed StarCADD for computer-aided design and drafting. With his unique skill and accomplishments in architecture, seismic research, and computer programming, Schierle’s impact across the School and its students has been fundamental, particularly in the areas of structures and building science.
Professor Graeme Morland, AIA, RIBA joined the USC faculty in 1970. In his tenure at the School, he has served as chair of the Department of Architecture and director of the Anthony A. Marnell II Italian Architecture Studies Program. He has also taught at all levels of the program with an emphasis on architectural design and urban theory. An accomplished artist, Morland and his beloved Architect’s Sketchbook course have engaged countless students in the traditional skills of hand drawing. Throughout his career, Morland has maintained an active professional practice and served as a design consultant to various major Los Angeles offices, working on numerous notable projects, commissions, and competitions, including the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library in USC’s Watt Hall. Morland’s influence over the last 51 years as an academic leader, faculty mentor, and critical practitioner has enriched profoundly the experiences of our students and faculty.