Dissertation Topics For Sustainable Architecture Article

This series contains theses written by graduate students in the Department of Architecture.


Theses/Dissertations from 2017


Exploring the complex development of a mobile research lab for the design of built environments, Evan Michael Jeanblanc


Architecture of care in the urban public space: A philosophical inquiry in ‘Ethics of care’ to inform the nature of the urban public space, Rucha Vivek Newalkar


Rural revitalization throughout the midwest: Preserving our past to create a sustainable future, Mackenzie Rebekka Waddell

Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Boundaries and political agency of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Zeinab Amiri


Place-bo-burbi-agri-culture to Place-ive-ianure Methods for place making: Increasing value with representation, Clark Andrew Colby


The pursuit of happiness: the shifting narrative of suburbia and the American Dream, Kristen Ann Greteman


Financial Incentives and the Adaptive Reuse of Historic Interiors: Three Case Studies from Iowa, Chunyao Liu

Theses/Dissertations from 2015


Architecture and place: a critical look at how they interact and influence each other through definition, creation, and representation, Elizabeth Kief


Expanding the role of design: developing holistic food systems, Jasmine Singh


IGATY: an archetype-based interactive generative abstraction system focusing on museum interior archetypes, Joori Suh

Theses/Dissertations from 2013


Expanding architectural practice to advance social justice: Social architecture creates equitable shelter, Hannah Rosenthal

Theses/Dissertations from 2011


Zoning and designing for affordability using modular housing, Joseph Terry Cartwright


Traditional building materials and the sustainability of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College design, Riley Christopher-gallagher


Sustainability Strategy for Wudalianchi, China, Jingfen Guo


Becoming Peggy, Kristina Emily Hauri


Developing strategies for sustainable residential building design: Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Nepal, Gaurav Kumar Tuladhar


The reduction of waste and promotion of user autonomy in architecture through the design and application of adaptable systems, Brian Burnell Walker

Theses/Dissertations from 2010


An examination of information needed when purchasing a home in a historic district, Betsey Nicole French


Developing parameters of design for an urban context and demonstrating them as a future design model, Jigar Abhay Gandhi


Chawls: Analysis of a middle class housing type in Mumbai, India, Priyanka N. Karandikar


Spatial transformations in Mercedes (Uruguay): representation of industrial agriculture growth and informal settlements., Maria Silvina Lopez Barrera

Theses/Dissertations from 2009


Dealing with rapid development: Creation of the informal urban economy and gecekondu housing in Istanbul, Gizem Akdogan


Propelling design evolution: using a scientifically driven design process to incrementally advance architecture, Robert Thaddeus Gassman

Theses/Dissertations from 2008


Big women, Danielle Christa Hermann

Theses/Dissertations from 2007


Green buildings: defining sustainable construction materials in Thailand, Pimsiri Thovichit

Theses/Dissertations from 2005


Place setting: architect as cultural inclusionist, Peter P. Goché

Theses/Dissertations from 2003


Editing architecture: architect as mediumistic being, Cameron Tyler Campbell

Theses/Dissertations from 2000


Smart growth solution in Ames, Cheung Chan

Theses/Dissertations from 1998


Affordable housing for artists: a sustainable prototype, Maureen Ann Ness


Architecture and hypertext: networks of proliferation, accretion and mutation, Katleen Wouters

Theses/Dissertations from 1997


Montage and theory of psychoanalysis, Tong Li


Montage and theory of psychoanalysis, Tong Li

Theses/Dissertations from 1993


Neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing: a case study of the River Bend neighborhood, Des Moines, Iowa, Robert Neal Humason


An exploration into the appeal of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright through Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language and The Timeless Way of Building, Michael Laine Terlouw

Theses/Dissertations from 1992


Image and identity in historic districts: Their establishment and enhancement case study: Ames, Iowa, Medhat Elkattan


A midwest winery, Douglas E. Finck


Physical development of the open space system on ISU main campus, Xia Gu


Creating a landscape of memory: remaking Buxton, Iowa, Daniel Raymond Hunt


Integrating "smart house" technology and barrier free design for housing elderly and disabled persons, William Harry Lueck

Theses/Dissertations from 1991


A married student housing redevelopment analysis: Pammel Court, Iowa State University, Jason Chia-Sung Chang


The Chinese Cultural Center at Greenwood Park (Des Moines, Iowa) integrated into a landscape design: a reflection of Chinese culture in contemporary western architecture, Bin Hu

Theses/Dissertations from 1990


A comparative analysis of two space designs and the lighting effects of the Des Moines Art Center , Todd Lowell Bellis


A proposal for a public space system for the downtown area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin , Jerzy Lewicki

Theses/Dissertations from 1987


Design tools for providing wheelchair access, Samuel Ojo

Theses/Dissertations from 1980


A married student housing development: redevelopment of West Pammel Court married student housing Iowa State University, Jeffrey William Henneman


Architecture Reading Room

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Brown, G.Z. and Mark DeKay.  Sun, Wind & Light. Architectural Design Strategies. New York: Wiley, 2001. Call Number: NA2542.3 .B76 2001

Clements-Croome, Derek, ed. Naturally Ventilated Buildings: Buildings for the Senses, the Economy and Society. New York: Spon Press, 1997.Call Number: TH7674 .N38 1997

Cofaigh, Eoin, et al. The Climatic Dwelling: An Introduction to Climate-Responsive Residential Architecture. London: James & James, 1996.Call Number: NA7116 .C64 1996

Coleman, Debra Rucker. The Sun-Inspired House: House Designs Warmed and Brightened by the Sun. Citronelle, Alabama: Sun Plans, 2005.Call Number: TH7414 .C65 2005

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Davey, Peter. Engineering for a Finite Planet: Sustainable Solutions by Buro Happold. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2009.Call Number: TH880 .D38 2009

Drake, Scott, Dr. The Third Skin: Architecture, Technology & Environment. Sydney, New South Wales: UNSW Press, 2007.Call Number: NA2542.35 .D73 2007

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Edwards, Brian. Sustainable Architecture: European Directives and Building Design. Oxford: Architectural Press, 1999.Call Number: NA2542.35 .E35 1999

Farmer, John. Green Shift: Changing Attitudes in Architecture to the Natural World. Oxford: Architectural Press, 1999.Call Number: NA2542.35 .F37 1999

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Galloway, Terry. Solar House: A Guide for the Solar Designer. Burlington, Massachusetts: Elsevier, 2004.Call Number: TH7414 .G35 2004

Gonzalo, Robert and Karl Habermann. Energy-Efficient Architecture: Basics for Planning and Construction. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2006.Call Number: TJ163.5 .B84 G6613 2006

Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergence of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It. New York: Rodale, 2006. Call Number: QC981.8 .G56 G67 2006

The Green Braid: Towards an Architecture of Ecology, Economy, and Equity. London; New York: Routledge, 2007. Call Number: NA2542.36 .G73 2007

Hawkes, Dean and Wayne Forster. Energy Efficient Buildings: Architecture, Engineering,and Environment. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.Call Number: NA2542.3 .H39 2002

Hawkes, Dean and Jane McDonald and Koen Steemers. The Selective Environment: An Approach to Environmentally Responsive Architecture. New York: Spon Press, 2002.Call Number: NA2542.36 .H38 2002

Kwok, Alison and Walter Grondzik. The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design. Burlington, Massachusetts: Architectural Press, 2007.Call Number: TH880 .K87 2007

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Moe, Kiel. Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2008.Call Number: NA2542.36 .M64 2008

Olgyay, Victor. Design With Climate: Bioclimatic Approach to Architectural Regionalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973.Call Number: NA2540 .O53

Roaf, Sue with Manuel Fuentes and Stephanie Thomas. Ecohouse 2: A Design Guide. Burlington, Massachusetts: Architectural Press, 2003.Call Number: TH4812 .R633 2003

Rovers, Ronald. Sustainable Housing Projects: Implementing a Conceptual Approach. Amsterdam: Techne Press, 2008.Call Number: TH4860 .R68 2008

Sassi, Paola. Strategies for Sustainable Architecture. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2006.Call Number: NA2542.36 .S26 2006

Spiegel, Ross and Dru Meadows. Green Building Materials: A Guide to Product Selection andSpecification. New York: Wiley, 1999.Call Number: TH455 .S65 1999

Steele, James. Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies. New York: McGraw Hill, 1997.Call Number: NA2542.35 .S82 1997

Strongman, Cathy. The Sustainable Home: The Essential Guide to Eco Building, Renovation andDecoration. London; New York: Merrell, 2008. Call Number: NA7117.5 .S77 2008

Thompson, J. and Kim Sorvig. Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2000.Call Number: TH380 .T46 2000

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Williams, Daniel Edward. Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning. Hoboken: Wiley, 2007.Call Number: NA2542.36 .W548 2007

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Yeang, Ken. Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design. Wiley: London, 2006.Call Number: NA2542.35 .Y4295 2006

 Bird Library

Bay, Joo-Hwa and Boon-Lay Ong. Tropical Sustainable Architecture: Social and EnvironmentalDimensions. New York: Elsevier, 2006.Call Number: NA2542 .T7 T767 2006

Crosbie, Michael J. Green Architecture: A Guide to Sustainable Design. Washington, D.C.: Rockport Publishers, Inc., 1994.Call Number: NA2542.3 .C76 1994

Cumberlidge, Clare. Design and Landscape for People: New Approaches to Renewal. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007.Call Number: HT170 .C94 2007

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The Environmental Brief: Pathways for Green Design. Abingdon, Oxon, [England]; New York: Taylor and Francis, 2007.Call Number: NA2542.36 .E58 2007

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Girling, Cynthia L. Skinny Streets and Green Neighborhoods: Design for Environment andCommunity. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2005.Call Number: HT167 .G57 2005

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Olgyay, Victor. Design With Climate: Bioclimatic Approach to Architectural Regionalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973.Call Number: NA2540 .O53

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