Marc Schiler, FASES
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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 50 papers, consulted on over 50 buildings and is over 50, himself. His primary achievement, however, is having raised three children and taught over 3,000 students, more or less successfully.
- 215Design for the Thermal and Atmospheric EnvironmentDesign 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.
- 694Research Publication Methods for Building ScienceResearch Publication Methods for Building ScienceTechnical documentation, graphic representation, and verbal presentation for writing and presenting journal articles and conference presentations in building science.