Architecture's points of pride


  • National Ranking
    Iowa State's undergraduate architecture program is ranked 20th in the national by DesignIntelligence in 2016.
  • Bridge Studio
    The Bridge Studio, is a multidisciplinary studio course that focuses on the design of affordable, sustainable housing, and has most recently worked with heavily flood damaged neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids. The studio was developed and is taught by Nadia Anderson, assistant professor of architecture.
  • Community Design Lab
    Established in spring 2012, the Community Design Lag engages in long-term relationships with communities and organizations to identify "wicked problems" related to the built environment and develop solutions through a multi-scalar design research methodology.
  • $20 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Project
    With funding from the NSF, Ulrike Passe, assistant professor of architecture and director of the Center for Building Energy Research, heads the building science “plank” of the energy utilization platform, which seeks to make buildings more energy efficient through zero-energy new construction and retrofits. This group is studying the relationship between building science, design and human behavior in existing structures in Iowa. The building science group is using existing structures as community laboratories to investigate energy utilization. Structures include middle and high school buildings around Iowa and the Interlock House, a freestanding, solar-powered dwelling constructed by Iowa State students and faculty for the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition.


  • Hospitality Design Awards
    Andrea Baker and Jackson Den Herder won the top award in the student category at the 2012 Hospitality Design (HD) Awards competition for their team's design for a luxury hotel "The Black Sheep."
  • Research in the Capitol
    John Kerner and Justin Wang, seniors in architecture, will present research on “Topographical Inscriptions,” at the annual Research in the Capitol event in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines on March 26, 2013.


  • One of 13 People to Watch in 2013
    Mitchell Squire, associate professor of architecture, is one of the Des Moines Register's 13 People to Watch in 2013.
  • Pickard Chilton Professorship
    Tom Leslie, associate professor of architecture, is the first Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture in the College of Design.
  • Ground Breaking Work on Energy and Buildings
    Ulrike Passe, assistant professor of architecture, hopes her work with a five- year, $20 million National Science Foundation project leads to better understanding of building energy-performance data to determine whether systems perform as expected, and which strategies work best in Iowa's climate. She leads a group of ISU researchers who are measuring energy use in existing buildings and looking at the relationship between building science, design and human behavior.