Department of


Associate Professor

Michael (Mikesch) Muecke

Associate Professor, Architecture

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-8786
Office: 588 Design


Bachelor of Design with a Major in Architecture, University of Florida, 1989
MArch, University of Florida, 1991
MArch, Princeton University, 1995
PhD, Princeton University, 1999

On the Web

Research Interests

Preservation and cultural heritage; architectural history, theory, criticism, and culture from the 1600s through the 2000s; architecture and film; architecture and music; biocomposites; deep green design; compact-footprint design-build construction, passive-house technology; design for the elderly; electronic architectures; mobiility and architecture; architecture and art throughout history. 

Current Projects

The intersection between preservation/cultural heritage and technology (with Diane Alshihabi, Ph.D.); sound and space in Robert Altman's films.

Current Scholarship

  • DSN S 546 Morocco Preservation Field Trip to the American Legation, 02/18/2019
  • Preservation and Cultural Heritage Curriculum Development: A Case Study in Design Education at the Intersection of History and Technology, 03/14/2018
  • a2ru Collaborative Presentation, 11/08/2014
  • Presentation on Nashville (Altman's film) and Nashville (the city) at SESAH Conference, 10/31/2014
  • Collaborative Presentation at National Conference on Beginning Design, 04/05/2014
  • NAAB ISU Visit Director of Operations, 08/05/2013
  • Collaborative Paper Presentation at International Conference IASTE, 10/05/2012
  • Paper Presentation at Popular Culture/American Culture Conference, 04/14/2012
  • Iowa State University’s Entry into the Solar Decathlon Competition, 05/11/2010
  • Green Sex Appeal: Showing off Iowa State University’s Latest Fashion in Solar-Powered Homes at the 2009 Solar Decathlon on the Nation’s Runway in Washington, DC., 03/31/2010
  • Theater Design, Music, and Performance in the works of Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Gottfried Semper, 03/11/2010
  • Personal Views Persoenliche Ansichten, 03/04/2010
  • Graphic Design and Layout of a Book About Perspective Drawing, 02/28/2010
  • Translation, design, and layout of a Novel, 02/25/2010
  • Woof and Warp: A Tapestry of Music and Architecture, 02/06/2010
  • Resonance: Music and Architecture, 02/27/2009
  • Biobased Materials, Passive House Designs, and the Solar Decathlon: Sustainability at Iowa State University, 02/07/2009
  • Architecture and Music: A Brief Interdisciplinary History, 02/06/2009
  • ISU LAS Green Careers Panel Discussion, 01/26/2009
  • Resonance: Essays on the Intersection of Music and Architecture, 05/02/2007
  • architecture | music | acoustics Conference, 06/03/2006
  • Accessible Kitchen, 06/03/2006
  • SESAH Conference, 10/17/2005
  • Gottfried Semper in Zurich - An Intersection of Theory and Practice, 10/10/2005
  • Essays on Architecture and Other Topics, 06/24/2005
  • PhotoGraphs - Written Light, 06/24/2005
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