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Architecture Faculty and Staff

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Administrative Staff

Academic Advisor

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Graduate Coordinator




Ulrike Passe

Professor, Architecture

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-7142
Office: 491 Design


Dipl.-Ing. in Architecture at the Technical University Berlin, 1990
Registered Architect in Germany since 1993
Member of the BDA Berlin 2005-2010
International Associate The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Past-President of the Society for Building Science Educators

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Research Interests

Director to the ISU Center for Building Energy Research

My compass for research is the Passage du Nord-Ouest as taken by Michel Serres to describe the passage between the humanities and science.

Relationship of Free-flow open space, Air flow and Energy.
Integrated design and building energy performance evaluation.
Materiality and construction, energy efficiency, sustainability in a critical cultural context. Energy efficiency in existing, retrofit and new buildings. The intertwining of culture, climate and nature in the work of Alvar Aalto.

Building Science Plank leader in the Iowa NSF EPSCOR project (2011-2016): Harnessing Energies from the biosphere.

Principal Investigator of the ISU PIIR (presidential initiative for interdisciplinary research) project: Big Data for Sustainable Cities Decision Making

Current Projects

Director of the Center for Building Energy Research (CBER)

Thompson, J., (PI), Ganapathysubramanian, B., Zhou, Y., Liebman, M., Schwab, N., Passe, (Senior Personnel), Krejci, C, Gassmann, P., ($2,5mio),NSF INFEWS / T1: Social and biophysical models to integrate local food systems, climate dynamics, built forms, and environmental impacts in the urban FEWS nexus. Four years interdisciplinary research grant awarded with start date Jan 01. 2020. U. Passe will act as project and communications coordinator and lead all building and urban energy modeling aspects of the project.

Ulrike Passe (PI), Janette Thompson, Kimberly Zarecor, SUS_RURI: Developing a Convergence Sustainable Urban Systems Agenda for Redesigning the Urban-Rural Interface along the Mississippi River Watershed, NSF workshop grant 07/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 over $50,000.

Chair of CoD Research Extension and Outreach Council

Current Scholarship