Martin believes that project teams should be able to decide every day on the best allocation of resources to make their projects as buildable, usable, operable, and sustainable as possible. With his collaborators at Stanford and in industry, he is creating the conceptual foundation for the corresponding engineering and management methods. In particular, his research focuses on modeling, predicting, measuring, and improving the life-cycle performance of the built environment.

Martin is known globally for his work and leadership in developing virtual 4D modeling methods to improve project planning, enhance facility performance, increase the productivity of project teams, and further the sustainability of the built environment. His award winning research results have been used by many small and large industrial and government organizations around the world. He has published over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters and given over 50 keynote lectures on his research.

He has lived, worked, consulted, and taught in Europe, South America, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. He is also the Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He holds a Diplôme d’Ingénieur in Civil Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, a MS in Industrial Engineering – Engineering Management and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering from Stanford. He received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 1996, was named a top 25 Newsmaker by Engineering News Record in 1996, won the best paper award from the ASCE Journal on Computing in Civil Engineering in 2002, and was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2012.