Ulrike Passe received her Diplom - Ingenieur (equivalent to M.Arch) degree in Architecture from the Technical University in Berlin, Germany in 1990. She is a licensed architect in Germany, a member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA) and an International Associate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Her work experience include more than 15 years of professional practice in architecture specializing in energy efficient buildings and six years teaching and researching in architectural design and building technology at the Technical University in Berlin.
Passe has been a faculty member in the Architecture Department at ISU since 2006, where she teaches architectural design and environmental technologies.
Passe was the Principal Investigator and Faculty Advisor to the ISU Solar Decathlon Team to build a solely solar powered house on the National Mall in Washington D.C in Fall 2009. The project involved interdisciplinary research into energy efficient building envelopes, passive and active solar technologies, passive cooling strategies and natural ventilation, green design and technologies, thermal comfort and bio-composite materials.
Further funded research includes “The fluid-dynamics of Air-Flow in Free-flow Open Space: An Architectural Approach to Energy Efficient Building”, funded by the Boston Society of Architects Research Award 2007 and conducted in collaboration with Dr. Francine Battaglia, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. Passe’s interest expands into the history of environmental technologies and its position in the architectural curriculum.