Associate Professor, Architecture
Director Center for Building Energy Research
Iowa State University
Passe joined the Iowa State architecture faculty as a lecturer in January 2006 and became an assistant professor in August 2007. Since October 2008 she has served as director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research.
Passe teaches upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural design, analytical drawing, environmental control systems and environmental forces in architecture, energy modeling and architectural technology. She led the team that designed and constructed the Interlock House, Iowa State's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon. This effort was honored with the Iowa State Live Green! 2010 Excellence in Sustainability Award and the ISU Alumni Association's 2010 Impact Award. Passe also received the College of Design's 2009 Faculty Award for Extraordinary Performance.
For the past three years, Passe has co-led the Berlin Summer Academy, a five-week program at Bueth University Berlin that explores different issues and topics related to urban development, climate-change adaptation and sustainable design. She also co-coordinates Iowa State's U.S. Green Building Council Research to Practice Program, which received a 2013 Live Green! Excellence in Sustainability Award from the university.
Passe is part of a five-year, multidisciplinary project by the state's three regents universities to build Iowa's research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency, funded by the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the Iowa Power Fund. She heads the building science "plank" of the project's energy utilization platform, which seeks to make buildings more energy efficient through zero-energy new construction and retrofits.
Prior to joining the Iowa State faculty, Passe had been on the faculty at the University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam, Germany, and Technical University Berlin, Germany. She is a founding partner of Passe Kalber Architects in Berlin. She is a member of the Association of German Architects, an international associate of the American Institute of Architects and an associate member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. She is a registered architect in Germany and holds an architecture degree from the Technical University Berlin.