Assistant Professor

Petra Liedl is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the interaction of climate, buildings, comfort and energy with an interdisciplinary approach in teaching, research and practice. The past two years her focus was to design, develop and build a modular, prefabricated, affordable water and energy efficient accessory dwelling unit as a new housing product, ensuring the viability and compatibility of its integration into the existing infrastructure of the neighborhood. As faculty co-advisor of the NexusHaus, she was supporting the UT/TUM's entry for U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 competition, where they won several awards. She has been developing user-friendly planning tools particularly for the conceptual stage of integrated planning projects in an international context. These tools allow architects and investors to follow the interaction between climate and building parameters and help them to evaluate their design with respect to comfort and energy in a fast and cost-effective way.

Petra Liedl has been Assistant Professor and Director of the Thermal Lab in the School of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin since 2012. She received her Dr.-Ing. in Architecture in 2011 from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) Germany and was awarded the Dr. Marschall-Award of the Faculty of Architecture for outstanding doctoral theses. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Liedl was a research associate at the Department of Building Climatology and Building Physics, TUM and received a Ph.D. grant from the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering at TUM from 2007 to 2011. She served a Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship in the University of Texas at School of Architecture 2012-2013.
Interdisciplinary orientation and practical relevance is the basis for Petra Liedl`s work. She has extensive teaching experience, has co-initiated the master course ClimaDesign at TUM and seminars for practitioners in Germany and Austria, and also works on applied projects. Since 2005 she has been founding member and member of the board of the non-profit association ClimateDesign. From 2008 to 2009 she was Associate in Neue Verantwortung, a foundation and think tank developing new socio-political ideas and practical solutions for Germany.


  • Study of Architecture, Diploma, TUM (2001)
  • Ph.D. scholarship, International Graduate School of Science and Engineering, TUM (2007-2011)
  • Dr.-Ing., TUM (2011)


photo of Petra Liedl