Marc Schiler, FASES



BS in Architecture, USC School of Architecture MS in Architectural Science, Cornell University

Professor Schiler teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Environmental Controls and graduate studios and seminars in lighting and environmentally related courses. He has been the director of the Chase L. Leavitt Graduate Program in Building Science off and on for decades. Professor Schiler graduated from USC in 1974 and worked in Los Angeles for two years, attended Cornell for two years, did research in the Cornell Computer Graphics lab and was an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for four years. He returned to teach at USC in 1982 and has been consulting and teaching in Southern California ever since. He has authored, co-authored or edited six books on topics in environmental controls, published over 100 papers, consulted on over 60 buildings and is over 70, himself. His primary achievement, however, is having raised three children and taught over 5,000 students, many of whom have come back and thanked him.

Currently Teaching
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    Design for the Thermal and Atmospheric Environment
    Design for the Thermal and Atmospheric Environment

    Fueled​ ​by​ ​population​ ​growth,​ ​within​ ​the​ ​next​ ​twenty​ ​years​ ​-​ ​according​ ​to​ ​Architecture​ ​2030​ ​-​ ​​ ​the global​ ​built​ ​environment​ ​will​ ​​ ​be​ ​redesigned,​ ​added​ ​to,​ ​or​ ​remade,​ ​adding​ ​an​ ​area​ ​equal​ ​to​ ​3.5​ ​times the​ ​existing​ ​buildings​ ​of​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​(900​ ​billion​ ​square​ ​feet).​ ​​ ​In​ ​the​ ​process,​ ​energy​ ​patterns will​ ​be​ ​locked​ ​in​ ​for​ ​our​ ​cities,​ ​and​ ​as​ ​a​ ​result​ ​for​ ​our​ ​planet,​ ​for​ ​the​ ​following​ ​50​ ​years.​ ​​ ​​

    ​If​ ​Climate Change​ ​is​ ​to​ ​be​ ​manageable​ ​and​ ​not​ ​catastrophic,​ ​future​ ​development​ ​must​ ​be​ ​defined​ ​by​ ​an awareness​ ​and​ ​a​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​high​ ​performance,​ ​deep​ ​energy​ ​efficiency,​ ​and​ ​even​ ​carbon​ ​neutral design. During​ ​the​ ​past​ ​century,​ ​the​ ​architectural​ ​profession​ ​has​ ​moved,​ ​by​ ​and​ ​large,​ ​away​ ​from​ ​a​ ​centuries old​ ​awareness​ ​of​ ​the​ ​environment,​ ​a​ ​deeper​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​local​ ​climates,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​how to​ ​maintain​ ​balance​ ​between​ ​building​ ​and​ ​environment.​ ​​

    ​As​ ​a​ ​result,​ ​deeper​ ​dependencies​ ​on mechanized​ ​heating​ ​and​ ​cooling,​ ​especially​ ​when​ ​buildings​ ​were​ ​designed​ ​with​ ​ingrained inefficiencies,​ ​became​ ​the​ ​norm​ ​and​ ​the​ ​solution​ ​to​ ​any​ ​problem.​ ​​ ​Energy​ ​use​ ​in​ ​buildings skyrocketed​ ​as​ ​a​ ​result,​ ​fueling​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​more​ ​power​ ​plants​ ​to​ ​supply​ ​energy​ ​for​ ​inefficient buildings​ ​and​ ​cities.​ ​​ ​For​ ​generations,​ ​this​ ​energy​ ​has​ ​been​ ​provided,​ ​by​ ​and​ ​large,​ ​by​ ​fossil​ ​fuel​ ​fired power​ ​plants,​ ​leading​ ​to​ ​increased​ ​CO2​ ​emissions.​ ​​ ​Recently,​ ​there​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​professional awakening​ ​around​ ​the​ ​role​ ​architects​ ​play​ ​in​ ​contributing​ ​to​ ​the​ ​problem​ ​of​ ​climate​ ​change.​ ​​ ​In​ ​the October,​ ​2003​ ​edition​ ​of​ ​Metropolis,​ ​Ed​ ​Mazria​ ​called​ ​out​ ​the​ ​profession​ ​pointing​ ​out​ ​that,​ ​“Architects Pollute”.​ ​​ ​In​ ​the​ ​immediate​ ​aftermath,​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Institute​ ​of​ ​Architects​ ​(AIA)​ ​brought​ ​focus​ ​to energy​ ​efficiency​ ​and​ ​sustainability​ ​-​ ​both​ ​of​ ​which​ ​are​ ​now​ ​core​ ​doctrines​ ​for​ ​the​ ​AIA. Architects​ ​see​ ​problems​ ​and​ ​solve​ ​problems.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​critically​ ​important​ ​when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​energy dependence​ ​and​ ​climate​ ​change.​ ​​ ​​ ​​

    We​ ​are​ ​are​ ​living​ ​through​ ​a​ ​time​ ​when​ ​the​ ​profession​ ​is​ ​in transition.​ ​​ ​Designing​ ​without​ ​understanding​ ​the​ ​impacts​ ​for​ ​energy,​ ​water​ ​and​ ​resource​ ​consumption is​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​possible.​ ​​ ​State​ ​and​ ​National​ ​Energy​ ​Codes​ ​now​ ​place​ ​limits​ ​on​ ​the​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​energy that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​by​ ​buildings.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​time​ ​of​ ​great​ ​challenge​ ​for​ ​architects​ ​(and​ ​future​ ​architects). It​ ​is​ ​also​ ​a​ ​time​ ​of​ ​great​ ​opportunity. This​ ​course​ ​will​ ​discuss​ ​Climate​ ​Change​ ​and​ ​the​ ​critical​ ​role​ ​architects​ ​play​ ​in​ ​the​ ​discussion​ ​in​ ​the context​ ​of​ ​understanding​ ​and​ ​designing​ ​for​ ​the​ ​thermal​ ​environment​ ​of​ ​buildings.​ ​​ ​

    Through​ ​the semester,​ ​students​ ​will​ ​discuss​ ​and​ ​review​ ​basic​ ​concepts​ ​of​ ​sustainability,​ ​gaining​ ​an​ ​understanding of​ ​climate​ ​appropriate​ ​design,​ ​passive​ ​heating​ ​and​ ​cooling,​ ​and​ ​renewable​ ​energy​ ​systems.​ ​​ ​At the​ ​same​ ​time,​ ​through​ ​weekly​ ​readings​ ​and​ ​assignments,​ ​students​ ​will​ ​use​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​help​ ​them understand,​ ​measure​ ​and​ ​design​ ​better​ ​buildings.​ ​​ ​They​ ​will​ ​be​ ​exposed​ ​to​ ​and​ ​will​ ​learn​ ​the international​ ​language​ ​of​ ​sustainability. During​ ​the​ ​semester,​ ​students​ ​will​ ​explore​ ​concepts​ ​and​ ​test​ ​ideas,​ ​building​ ​a​ ​single​ ​building​ ​(design and​ ​climate​ ​assigned​ ​by​ ​the​ ​instructor)​ ​to​ ​test​ ​passive​ ​energy​ ​features,​ ​evaluate​ ​daylighting,​ ​and ultimately​ ​to​ ​design​ ​a​ ​Zero​ ​Net​ ​Energy​ ​Building.

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    Research Publication Methods for Building Science
    Research Publication Methods for Building Science
    Technical documentation, graphic representation, and verbal presentation for writing and presenting journal articles and conference presentations in building science.
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