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Martin SchwartzMartin Schwartz, AIA

Associate Professor 


Educational background
Positions held in academic institutions
Courses taught in the past two years
Positions held in design practice
Significant publications, creative projects, and/or paper presentations
Awards, recognitions, grants, competitions
Professional licenses, memberships and service
Professional development


Educational background

M.Arch., Architecture and Urban Design, University of California-Los Angeles, 1977
B.A., with high honors, Communications (Tutorial Department), University of California-Santa Barbara, 1973

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Positions held in academic institutions

Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University, 2012- present
College Professor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University, 2008-2012
Adjunct Professor, Department of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University, 2005-2008
Department of Architecture, Co-Architect-in-Residence and Guest Department Head, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2004
Fredrick Charles Baker Visiting (Associate) Professorship in Lighting, University of Oregon, 1994
Willard A. Oberdick Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, 1991-1993 and 1999-2000
Visiting Lecturer, University of Plymouth (England), 1987-1988
Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, 1985-1990
Instructor and Assistant Director of The Architectural Coalition, Tulane University, 1982-1985

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Courses taught in the past two years

ARC2117  IDS1: Integrated Design Studio 1
ARC2126 IDS 2: Integrated Design Studio 2
ARC5814  IDS4: Advanced Design Studio 1 (graduate level design studio)
ARC5824  IDS3: Advanced Design Studio 2 (graduate level design studio)

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Positions held in design practice

Martin Schwartz, Architect: sole practitioner and consultant to other firms, 2003 -present
Senior Project Architect, Angelini & Associates Architects, Ann Arbor, 2001-2003
Director of the Educational and Religious Projects Group, Ann Arbor Architects Collaborative, 2001-2002
Architect, David W. Osler Associates, Ann Arbor, 1994-2000
Intern Architect, Perez Associates, New Orleans 1981-1982
Draftsman, Charles W. Moore, FAIA and Urban Innovations Group, Los Angeles, 1974-1978

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Significant publications, creative projects, and/or paper presentations

1.    “Growing Up Modern,” invited panel discussion participant in discussion about modern architecture and design in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, October 9, 2011
2.    “Daylight and Meaning in the Architecture of Gunnar Birkerts,” NYT: The Louis Poulsen Magazine of Lighting and Architecture, Copenhagen, also published online February 10, 2010,
3.    “Architecture in the Light of Day,” blog on the influence of daylight on architecture with text and illustrations, ongoing project started August 2009 and accessible at
4.    Gunnar Birkerts: Metaphoric Modernist, Edition Axel Menges, Stuttgart, July 2009
5.    "Path" in The Great and Small Gazette, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Melbourne, Australia; February 2008    
6.    Adrian Public Library, Adrian, Michigan; Design of a new street façade and interior renovations.  Collaboration with David Bona of Bona & Kolb Architects and Designers.
7.    Manchester District Library, Manchester, Michigan: Space needs study and interior renovations.  Collaboration with David W. Osler Associates. Completed January 2008.  
8.    Workshop: "How Light Generates Architectural Space and Form"
       All-day lecture and workshop presented to fifth year ¨thesis student at the School of Architecture, University of Arkansas, October 2007
9.    "Inhabiting Light; Jorn Utzon's Use of Daylight in Architecture," in NYT: The Louis Poulsen Magazine of Lighting and Architecture, ¨Summer 2006, number 582; co-written with Richard Weston (Cardiff University, Wales, UK)¨   
10.  "Light Organizing Architecture," in Jorn Utzon Logbook Volume II: Bagsvaerd Church, Edition Blondal, Hellerup, Denmark: 2005¨  
11.  "Light, Form, and Ethics in the Architecture of Jorn Utzon," in Proceedings of the First International Utzon Symposium, August 2003 and presented at the symposium at the University of Aalborg, Denmark, August 2003¨   
12.  “Gunnar Birkerts' Organic Lifestyle," Interview in Architecture, July 2005 10. 
13.  "Jorn Utzon: Complements and Courtyards," cover story, in Architecture, September 2003

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Awards, recognitions, grants, competitions

1.    Outstanding Achievement Award, Best Community Service Project, 2001; Award to Project: Camp Linden Shower Facility,
       Linden, Michigan designed and built for the Huron Valley Girl Scout Council; Award Program Sponsored by the
       Associated General Contractors of America, Inc.
2.    Frederick Charles Baker Distinguished Professor in Lighting, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon, 1994
3.    Research Initiation Grant, Graduate School, University of Michigan, 1991
4.    Willard A. Oberdick Fellowship in the Building Sciences, College of Architecture and Urban Planning,
       The University of Michigan, 1991-1992
5.    Citation: 1976 Progressive Architecture Awards for the Piazza d'Italia, New Orleans (urban plaza and fountain),
       Fountain Design Assistant for Charles W. Moore, FAIA, Urban Innovations Group

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Professional licenses, memberships and service

1.    Professional Registration: Michigan, 1994: Registration Number 39318 (active)
2.    Professional Registration: Louisiana, 1982: Registration Number 3029 (inactive)
3.    Community Service: Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy, Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary, Fall 2005-present
4.    Member: Urban Design Advocates, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2000-2002
5.    Community Service: Property Planning Committee/Huron Valley Girl Scout Council, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fall 2001-Spring 2002

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Professional development

1.    Conference: ACSA Teachers Seminar, June 2008, Cranbrook Academy of Art
2.    Conference: First International Utzon Symposium, "Nature, Vision, and Place" held at the University of Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark;
       August 27-30, 2003 (refer to Significant Publications, above)
3.    Continuing Education: "Rehabilitation and Renovation: Making Existing Buildings Healthy and Dry," November 2000

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