Matt Lutz

Matthew Lutz, Assistant Professor


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Matthew Lutz is a registered architect and a certified Passive House consultant. In 2007 he became an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Art at Norwich University. He has taught courses in passive environmental design, building systems, materials, and methods, intermediate and upper level design studios, and special study courses focusing on affordable, mobile dwellings. In addition to these courses Mr. Lutz has focused on teaching hands-on design/build studios with Professor Danny Sagan. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Lutz and a multidisciplinary group of students designed and built a mobile, solar powered field-lab for ground-water analysis by geologists.

Mr. Lutz is the faculty leader in Norwich University’s entry in Solar Decathlon 2013, and the primary investigator in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon grant to Norwich University. Aligning with this is Mr. Lutz’s research interests in mobile, solar powered buildings, and research related to low-income housing alternatives. With teams of faculty he was twice recognized by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with Excalibur Awards for excellence in a comprehensive cross-disciplinary technology-enriched projects that focus on the design and construction of an environmentally sensitive mobile solar-powered dwellings. In 2006 /2007 he was honored with a Faculty Design Award from the ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) and with a New Faculty Teaching Award from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 2010 he was awarded the Charles A. Dana Award from Norwich University for excellence in teaching. Past efforts have resulted in the design and construction of a portable bio-medical research station being used by scientists studying human-animal health issues in the remote Mahale Mountains of Tanzania, and with Jonathan King received an honorable mention from the SEED organization for their work in on the same project.

Mr. Lutz is dedicated to the research and development of affordable housing alternatives for New England’s cold climate. Toward this end he began studying Passive House techniques for high performance building envelope design and energy modeling. These studies led him to the understanding that architecture is never an act of compromise, but rather an act of balancing.

Mr. Lutz maintains a small consulting practice along side his teaching activities, enjoys doing forest management work, and developing a small farm with his family in East Calais, Vermont.

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