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Ulrike Altenmüller-Lewis joined the full-time faculty of the Department of Architecture + Interiors in 2008. She has been the Architecture Program Director since July 2011 after previously serving as the Associate Program Director of Architecture. Since her arrival Ulrike, has energetically reformed the Architecture Program, which she led to a highly successful reaccreditation through the NAAB in collaboration with Department Head Jon Coddington in spring 2012. Prior to her position at Drexel University, Ulrike has taught at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany and at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects AIA, a registered architect with the Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and holds an architectural license with New York State. Ulrike Altenmüller-Lewis has practiced in Germany as well as in the USA, where she worked with RTKL Associates in Washington DC and Alfredo De Vido in New York City.
Ulrike’s primary research interest concerns the impact of the built environment on human wellbeing and performance, specifically on learning environments, how they can support pedagogical concepts and improve learning outcomes. She has published on this topic widely and has presented her research findings in numerous national and international conferences. For her dissertation Ulrike evaluated contemporary Finnish school buildings by documenting and analyzing many exemplary schools. The publication of this research findings is targeted for 2014.
The secondary research interest lies in the work of the German modernist architect Bruno Taut. In collaboration with Matthew Mindrup (Marywood University, Scranton), Ulrike has prepared an annotated English translation of Taut’s anthology “Die Stadtkrone (The City Crown)” that was first published in 1917. This significant anthology will be first available to an English-speaking audience as publication with Ashgate in 2014.