Marcela Oliva

Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design

Professor Marcela Oliva has been teaching Architecture and Environmental Design at LATTC for over 8 years. She serves as a team member of the NASA Knowledge Architecture team. Additionally, she has partnered with the LAUSD High School Interesting Students Exploring Excellence (iSEE) program,. Their efforts have facilitated the first and largest High School initiative, offering transfer courses in the Architecture and Engineering field to accredited programs. Professor Oliva’s students are currently modeling building envelopes as a living organism, exploring “green design retrofit” for cargo containers, and visualizing urban design strategies in real time using: smart mapping, smart tools, nature’s patterns/structures, biomechanics for space making, and multiple layers of information, energy simulations, eco-economic strategies, rapid prototypes, cognitive strategies and recording of human potential.

For 10 years, she was the Knowledge Architect for the Los Angeles Community College District Sustainable Building Program. She envisioned and implemented the largest Virtualization BIM/GIS System in the nation following National Intelligence Standards. She is a Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design at LATTC and a Professor of UCLA Extension Course Virtualizing Neighborhoods and Design for Social Justice. She participated with NASA’s Knowledge Management, as a principal investigator for the Cyber-Physical Systems National Science Foundation Grant, and is a recipient of the California Governor’s Award in Geospatial Technologies. She was a three-time competitive presenter for the California Higher Education Sustainable Landscape and serves as a founder and member of multiple organization; PANDO Populus, ENCOUNTER LA and UrbanRiver LAbs

She presents at forums that encompass education, technology, innovation, and social justice:
-USC “Building Information Modeling for Executives”, -International AIA “Technology Forum”
-Caixa Barcelona “Focus the Nation”
-USC “Thinker Forum”
-Washington, D.C. “Enterprise Architecture”
-Eureka International Mexico City “Innovative Education”
-Las Vegas “IBCon Intelligent High Performance Building”
-“International Open Government Data Conference” by the U.S. GSA,, the World Bank Open Data Initiative, and the White House.

She is the USC recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal and she was awarded 2012 Educator of the Year.

Her integrated model was identified as a catalyst solution for Higher Education by Climate Neutral Campus Report, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Building Green and the Kresge Foundation.

On 2016, she was the winner for “Government Innovation” international award by Bentley Systems, (largest software/system solution for smart cities).

She holds a B.Arch from USC and M.Arch/Building Science Degree from Columbia University New York.