Martin Schwartz is an architect and Associate Professor at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His research concerns daylight and its broad influence on architectural and urban design, specifically how knowledge of daylight enables architects and urban designers to make a range of design decisions far beyond merely meeting minimum illumination standards. His current scholarship focuses on how daylight influences the generation of architectural space and form.
In 1991-1992, Martin was the Willard A. Oberdick Fellow at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and, in 1994, he was the Frederick Charles Baker Distinguished Professor in Lighting at the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon. He was guest Architect-in-Residence at the Department of Architecture, at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2004. Martin recently presented two research papers, “Form and Performance: Daylight as a Generator of Space and Form in Jorn Utzon’s ‘Can Lis’ ” at the Fourth International Utzon Symposium in Sydney, Australia, in 2014; and “Light from All Around: Gunnar Asplund’s Stockholm Public Library,” at the 6th Velux Daylighting Symposium in London, in September 2015.
Martin writes a blog about daylight, Architecture in the Light of Day, which may be accessed at his website, martinschwartz.net. He is the author of the book, Gunnar Birkerts: Metaphoric Modernist, published in 2009 and other articles and papers about daylight and architecture.
View Professor Schwartz’s talk, “Light from All Around: Gunnar Asplund’s Stockholm Public Library”, presented at the 6th Velux Daylighting Symposium in London, September 2015