Katrin Klingenberg

United States of America


Chicago, Illinois

Mentored by:

Lourdes Melgar


Executive Director, Passive House Institute US Inc

Katrin is the executive director of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). PHIUS is an organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard.

After studying at the Technische Universitaet in Berlin, Germany and graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a master’s degree in architecture in 1996, Katrin began her career in architecture with Murphy/Jahn in Chicago, Illinois. She then worked for the architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz in Chicago. In 2002, she started her own firm and became a registered architect in Germany.

In 2007, Katrin co-founded the Passive House Institute US to work on education. She is the executive and the lead instructor for the PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training. She also directs the technical and research programs at PHIUS which has trained over 2,000 architects, engineers, energy consultants, energy raters and builders in passive building standards. PHIUS has become the leading passive building research and information provider in North America.

Katrin has written and co-authored magazine articles and book contributions. She has also presented internationally on the topic of passive building science and won the Woman in Sustainability Leadership Award in 2015. 

Mentored by:

Lourdes Melgar


Trip: Chicago, Illinois