Muscoe Martin Fellow: Tian Tian

By LeAnne Harvey

Posted July 6, 2022

Green Building United is excited to welcome Tian Tian (she/her) as our Muscoe Martin Green Building Fellow in partnership with University of Pennsylvania. The Fellowship preserves Muscoe Martin’s legacy by providing a student applicant in the Environmental Building Design (MSD-EBD) program the opportunity to pursue research and projects that advance green building and sustainable design.

Tian is a master's student in the Environmental Architectural Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her bachelor's degree in architecture from Tongji University. She is mainly interested in passive design strategies and data analysis.

Born in Yichang, a small Chinese city, Tian grew up with an interest in wildlife. During her undergraduate, she participated in a research design studio, where she applied animal warm-keeping strategies to architectural design. Physics served as the bridge connecting architecture and ecology. Due to this studio, she was strongly appealed by the practical, data-based design method dedicated to improving the global environment, and came to EBD to continue her pursuit.

Tian focuses on the balance of human needs and natural resources. She tries to make use of local climatic conditions and materials to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions while protecting surrounding habitats. She is equipped with knowledge of sustainable strategies, building benchmarking, and other analytical simulation skills. Considering the climate and environmental issues are urgent to be addressed, she is now learning how to apply what she has acquired about green building to projects, dealing with climate change and energy shortage.

About Muscoe Martin
Muscoe Martin, AIA, LEED Fellow was a lifelong environmentalist, coming of age in the energy and environmental movements of the 1970s. After completing his BA at Princeton in 1978, he worked at the Habitat Center in Berkeley, before completing his Master of Architecture at Penn in 1985. After graduation, he worked with Adele Naude Santos, JacobsWyper Architecture, Wallace Roberts & Todd, and Susan Maxman Partners, before founding his own firm M2.
Muscoe’s career in sustainable design and architecture began in the 1980s with his work on solar design. He worked tirelessly to champion green design in both practice and education recognizing the critical impacts of construction on resources, water, energy, and land.

Muscoe was a founding board member of Delaware Valley Green Building Council (now known as Green Building United), Chair of the AIA Committee-On-The-Environment (COTE), a member of the USGBC Board and Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, and a long-time LEED faculty member. Muscoe taught at Penn for nearly 20 years where he helped
establish the programs in Ecological Architecture and Environmental Building Design.

For more information about the Fellowship, please contact Ben Ginsberg at 215-898-0469 or

“A community must be supported from below – by its inhabitants, present and future.” -Muscoe Martin

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