Martin Schwartz is an architect and Associate Professor at Lawrence Technological University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2005. He teaches architectural design courses and an introduction to design course offered to all CoAD students.
Martin’s research concerns daylight and its broad influence on architectural and urban design, specifically how an understanding of daylight enables architects and urban designers to make a range of critical design decisions that reach beyond meeting minimum illumination standards.
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. He has also taught at Tulane University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Plymouth in England.
Several of Martin’s research papers, including “Form and Performance: Daylight as a Generator of Space and Form in Jorn Utzon’s ‘Can Lis;’ “ his blog, “Architecture in the Light of Day;” and other writings may be accessed and read at his website, martinschwartz.net. Also, you may view Professor Schwartz’s talk, “Light from All Around: Gunnar Asplund’s Stockholm Public Library” (presented at the 6th Velux Daylighting Symposium in London, in September 2015) on You Tube.
Martin is a co-author of the book, Gunnar Birkerts: Metaphoric Modernist, published in 2009, He is currently writing a book about the work of the noted American architect, Charles W. Moore.