Lecture: Matthias Schuler

Matthias Schuler
How to reduce carbon emission in construction and operation of buildings? Designed and realized project examples of low to zero carbon footprint projects
Part of the MIT Spring 2024 Architecture Lecture Series. Presented with the Building Technology group.

Matthias Schuler is one of the managing directors of TRANSSOLAR Energietechnik in Stuttgart. Born 1958 he is educated as a mechanical engineer at University Stuttgart. In 1992 he founded the company TRANSSOLAR Climate Engineering in Stuttgart. TRANSSOLAR’S focus is on new energy saving and comfort optimizing strategies by an integral approach for buildings and urban design.

Nowadays – with 85 employees in Stuttgart, Munich, Paris and New York – Matthias Schuler works on national and international projects with architects like Kazuyo Sejima, Frank O. Gehry, Steven Holl, Peter Zumthor and Renzo Piano. Since 2001 teaching as a visiting professor at the Graduated School of Design, Harvard University, he was there Professor in Practice on Environmental Technologies 2008 till 2014.

Aside of building projects Matthias Schuler has realized different “cloud” installations applying the knowledge on physics to realize indoor experiencable clouds, like the “Cloudscapes” at the 2010 Venice Biennale, which was realized with a sky ramp in close collaboration with the architect Tetsuo Kondo. In 2016 Transsolar was again invited to join the Biennale in Venice and realized in collaboration with the architect Anja Thierfelder with “Lightscapes” a strong statement for the strength and beauty of local identity.

Key projects of Matthias at Transsolar are the Posttower in Bonn with Helmut Jahn, Zollverein School in Essen with SANAA, Linked Hybrid in Beijing with Steven Holl, Masdar City with Foster Partners, Fondation Louis Vuitton with Frank Gehry and the Kripalu Yoga Hotel with Peter Rose.

Further projects are the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with Steven Holl, the Louvre Abu Dhabi with Jean Nouvel, Grace Farm in New Canaan with SANAA, the Academy of Motion Pictures in LA with Renzo Piano, Fondation Louis Vuitton with Frank Gehry and the Elb Philharmony with Herzog de Meuron.

Actual projects are the Art Mill Museum in Doha with Alejandro Aravena, the extension of the extension of Schaulager Museum in Basel with Herzog de Meuron, The Cloud building in South Korea with Anton Garcia Avril and Debora Mesa from Ensamble, O’Hare new terminal building with Jeanne Gang and an artist residence in Dijon with Yun’ja Ishigami.

Lectures are free and open to the public.



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