Lisa Domenica Iulo

  • Director of the Hamer Center for Community Design
  • Associate Professor of Architecture

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Lisa Iulo


Lisa D. Iulo is an associate professor of architecture at The Pennsylvania State University and a Registered Architect, Professional Planner, and LEED-Accredited Professional who has focused her work and research on building and planning for a more sustainable future. Specifically, Iulo's work has been recognized in research and practice related to residential green building practices and affordable housing, energy efficiency, and strategies for the implementation of renewable energy at the building and community scale.

Iulo was co-recipient of two U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar Decathlon grants to design, build and operate a solar-powered, home on the National Mall in Washington. As co-faculty advisor (co-PI) to the 2007 MorningStar team and an architecture advisor to the 2009 Natural Fusion team, she collaborated with hundreds of students, faculty, and industry partners in researching, developing, and promoting beautifully designed, highly-efficient, plus zero-energy homes as models for Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. MorningStar PA, Penn State’s submission for the 2007 Solar Decathlon, was finished in 4th place overall (out of 20 teams) in the competition. This highly integrated design-build project also won a BP Solar Performance Award and PVNews Editors’ Choice Award.

She has been a member of the architecture faculty at Penn State since 2003 where she is committed to introducing ecological planning and green building practices to architectural education. Iulo teaches throughout the curriculum, including urban design and comprehensive building design studio courses and seminars on LEED® and sustainable design, fostering collaborative and integrative learning.

Previously she taught as an adjunct instructor of architecture at New York Institute of Technology and practiced in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Brooklyn, New York.

Her professional and creative work has been recognized both nationally and internationally.

Iulo holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from City College of New York where she focused her studies on environmental principals, history, and theory of urban design, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree (cum laude) from New York Institute of Technology.

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