Matthias Sauerbruch + Matthias Schuler in conversation


Matthias Sauerbruch 

Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton founded Sauerbruch Hutton in 1989 in London. A second office was opened in Berlin in 1993. The practice currently employs over 100 staff and is engaged in projects all over Europe. Its work has become internationally recognized for its serious engagement with issues of sustainability in architecture and urbanism, at the same time as for the creation of sensual spaces and signature facades. Sauerbruch Hutton are best known for their GSW Headquarters building in Berlin (1999) and their Federal Environmental Agency in Dessau (2005). A forthcoming major project is the Museum for the Brandhorst Collection in Munich (2008). Sauerbruch Hutton projects have been awarded a number of national and international prizes - amongst them six RIBA and two AIA awards. The architecture of the office has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and publications worldwide. Louisa Hutton and Matthias Sauerbruch received the Erich Schelling Prize for Architecture in 1998 and the Fritz Schumacher Prize for Architecture in 2003. Louisa taught at the Architectural Association in the late eighties. In 2003 she was appointed as a Commissioner for CABE, UK's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Matthias has been teaching Architecture since 1985 -- firstly as Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London; from 1995-2001 he has been holding a chair at the Technical University Berlin, from 2001-2007 at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart. Louisa and Matthias are guest lecturers at many internationl universities and institutions. 


Matthias Schuler 

Matthias Schuler is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Technology. He has held the position of Lecturer in Architecture at the GSD since 2001, teaching courses in sustainability and climate engineering. 

In 1992, Schuler founded Transsolar in Stuttgart, Germany, now a leading provider of consulting services on developing sustainable design strategies for buildings. The firm has a strong technical basis, and commonly performs highly sophisticated computational simulations (e.g., thermal, lighting) for concept validations. Schuler has worked with a large number of well-known architects in the field on high-profile projects. Among others, he has collaborated on projects by the following: Herzog/de Meuron (Parrish Art Museum, Topeak Towers); Stephen Holl (Linked Hybrid, Herning Art Museum); Behnisch, Behnisch and Partners (Nord LB, Skylofts, etc.); Jean Nouvel (Musee de la Mer, Philharmonie Paris, Louvre Abu Dhabi); Gehry Design Architects (Novartis, Museum of Tolerance, World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, etc.); Murphy/Jahn (New Bangkok International Airport, Posttower, etc.) and OMA (Center for Performing Arts, Museum Plaza). His design solutions are always innovative, and backed up by massive analytical simulation studies that confirm their effectiveness. Recently his activities have moved beyond the building scale and he is now working on energy and comfort solutions at the urban master plan level, like the carbon-neutral Masdar development in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with Foster + Partners. 

Schuler plays a leadership role in the GSD's expansion into areas of sustainability in the coming years and will initially coordinate and lead a team whose overall target is the integration of sustainability and design practice in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture education, spanning from cross disciplinary introductory lectures to core and options studios involvement. 

Schuler received the Diplom-Ingenieur degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart. In addition to teaching at the GSD, he has also taught at the University of Stuttgart and University of Limerick.

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