Ulrike Passe

Associate Professor, Architecture

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-7142
Email: upasse@iastate.edu
Office: 491 Design

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011


Dipl.-Ing. in Architecture at the Technical University Berlin, 1990

Registered Architect in Germany since 1993

Member of the BDA Berlin since 2005

International Associate The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Associate Member to ASHRAE

President-Elect 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)

Big data for sustainable city decision-making. Iowa State University, Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research in Data Driven Science. Team-building seed-funding ($125K per year / ongoing). http://www.sustainablecities.cber.iastate.edu/

ASHRAE 1710 (2016-2018): Effect of Dynamic Shading Devices on Daylighting and Energy Performance of Perimeter Zones ($158,369 / Co-PI, w/ PI: Kristen Cetin, CCEE)

NSF EFRI EAGER: Multi-scale material and dynamic thermo-fluid computational models and controls for sustainable buildings using efficient energy harvesting materials

Building Science Plank Leader Iowa NSF EPSCoR " Harnessing Energy from the Biosphere" http://iowaepscor.org/

Energy Performance Tracking of the Interlock House at Iowa DNR's Honey Creek Resort State Park (built for the US DOE Solar Decathlon in 2009)

Exploring Alternatives to the “Typical Meteorological Year” for Incorporating Climate Change into Building Design in collaboration with Eugene Takle, Atmospheric Science.

Berlin Summer Academy

Chair of CoD Research Extension and Outreach Council

Supporting Files

Current Scholarship