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Department of


Associate Professor

Andrea Wheeler PhD

Associate Professor, Architecture

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-3796
Office: 389 Design


The Department of Architecture welcomed Dr. Andrea Wheeler as a new Assistant Professor in Fall 2013. Andrea gained tenure in 2018 and is now an Associate Professor. She is a studio instructor, gives the Fall seminar ARCH 558 Green and Sustainable Architecture. She graduated in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University, gained an MPhil from the School of Mechanical Engineering Oxford Brookes University and was awarded a PhD from the University of Nottingham School of Architecture in 2005. Her thesis examined the question of dwelling through the critical philosophy of Luce Irigaray. Dr. Wheeler came to Iowa State after spending the latter six years working on architecture related research projects at the Loughborough University and The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, and within commerical practice. In 2007 she was awarded a prestigious three year ESRC/EPSRC fellowship award to examine sustainable schools and subsequently worked as a research fellow for a central UK government research unit Defra's Sustainable Behaviors Unit in Westminister, London. 2021-2022 Andrea was elected to the role of the Faculty Senate President

On the Web

  • Academic biography (03/15/16)
  • Research Interests

    Dr. Wheeler’s past projects have focused on the design of educational buildings. She’s interested in both the sustainable architecture of schools, and assessing how different pedagogies and practices embodies in design affect students’ performance. Figuring out this assessment is a complex task. She has been awarded seed research grants from the Iowa Energy Centre and from the Iowa NSF/ESPSCoR Energy Utlization Platform and from the Provost's Office as additional start-up funds.  Her current projects return to philosophy and environmental ethics and she is working closely with the philosophy of the French thinker Luce Irigaray who calls for the birth of new notions of what it means to be human.

    Current Projects

    Andrea has organized a number of conferences and she has published both empirical and theoretical work in architecture. She was recently a research fellow at the Centre for Research in Advanced Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge.

    Current Scholarship

    • $5000 Andrea Wheeler, International Program Grant "Cool Britannia: the British perspective", 01/05/2015
    • $20,000 Andrea Wheeler, Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Utilization platform (continuation funds 2014 – 2015), 01/05/2015
    • $3, 000 Andrea Wheeler, Iowa Energy Centre (IEC) Opportunity Grant for a project entitled: Building a powerful team to research the performance of energy-efficient learning environments;, 01/05/2015
    • $33,000 Andrea Wheeler, Provost’s Office additional start-up funds over 3 years (additional RA) (2014 – 2017), 01/05/2014
    • GBP 2000 ($3,200) Honorarium, Andrea Wheeler, Sir Ted Happold Senior Research Fellowship, University of Bath, UK July 2014 - August 2014, 01/05/2014
    • $22,000 Andrea Wheeler, Match funding (20%) from Iowa Energy Centre (IEC) for an ASHRAE funded project bid application.more, 09/01/2013
    • $12, 000 Andrea Wheeler, New Faculty Seed Funds of the Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Utilization platform for a project entitled: Iowa's New Schools: A Future Invested in Sustainability (PI) (2013 – 2014)m, 08/16/2013