The Department of Architecture welcomed Dr. Andrea Wheeler as a new Assistant Professor in Fall 2013, where is a studio instructor, gives the Fall seminar ARCH 558 Green and Sustainable Architecture and contributes to the teaching of the Masters in Design of Sustainable Environments with the Fall colloquium class (SUS E 511) and Spring methods class (SUS E 540). 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 radical philosophy of Luce Irigaray. Dr. Wheeler comes 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.
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 submitted research grants with CBER and to ASHRAE to explore the relationship between environmental quality in classrooms, educational performance and student wellbeing. 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 project returns to the question of dwelling and engages with notions of ecological aesthetics and is working closely with the recent environmental philosophy of the French thinker Luce Irigaray who calls for the birth of new notions of what it means to be human.
Andrea has organized a number of conferences, including School Design Futures at St. Hugh’s College, The University of Oxford, bringing together an internationally diverse group of school designers, environmental educators, Head Teachers and academics. She has published both empirical and theoretical work in architecture.