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Master of Science in Architecture

SA1: Sustainability and Green Design

The following architecture faculty members are affiliated with the Sustainability and Green Design study area.

Mikesch Muecke works at the intersection of highly energy-efficient buildings, human habitation, and bio-based materials, coupled with narrative visualization, the transfer from digital to analogue, and the discourse of architectural history, theory, and practice between 1900 and today.

Ulrike Passe works on the relationship of spatial composition and airflow; the impact of environmental controls on design and building energy performance. She was the faculty adviser to Iowa State’s 2009 Solar Decathlon team and is currently the director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research.

Andrea Wheeler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the Iowa State University, where she teaches a class on Green and Sustainable Architecture (ARCH 558) and is a studio instructor. She also contributes to the Masters of Design of Sustainable Environments an interdisciplinary graduate program within the College of Design, teaching an introductory colloquium class on Sustainable Design Theory (SUS E 511) and a class on Methods for Sustainable Design (SUS E 540X). Her work engages with sustainable deign theory, methods in sustainable design and innovative social science methods in post occupancy evaluation of sustainable buildings. She has a current interest also in educational theory in design, behavioral change and ecological aesthetics. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2005 in architectural theory, an MPhil research degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oxford Brookes University. She has worked for central government in the UK at Defra in Westminster, London and was Director of her own architectural research company in the UK. She cares about lifestyle change, the actual performance of buildings and challenging the sustainability agenda in architecture.

She has mentored two MS student dissertations: Rucha Newalkar, MS dissertation entitled: Architecture of Care in Urban Public Space (graduated 2017), and Imtiajul Alam MS dissertation entitled: A Sustainable Campus for the Higher Education Institution in the US (graduating Spring 2018)

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