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Ajla Aksamija

Assistant Professor

aaksamija@umass.edu

(413) 545-7150

Design Building Room 331

Dr. Ajla Aksamija, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, CDT is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received PhD in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis on technology and environment. Her interdisciplinary research approach spans architecture, engineering, material and computer science. Her research expertise includes building science and sustainability, emerging technologies, digital design and representations, information modeling, and knowledge management.

Dr. Aksamija directed Perkins+Will Building Technology Laboratory (“Tech Lab”), one of the first practice-driven research laboratories focusing on advanced building technologies, high-performance buildings, computational design, and building facades. Her prior professional experience also includes US Army Corps of Engineers ERDC Construction Engineering Research Laboratory and City of Champaign. She has taught advanced environmental building design at the University of Pennsylvania, and instructed architectural design studios and seminars. She has worked on developing building analysis and modeling applications, implementation of novel materials in architectural design, development of computational models, and has collaborated with researchers from material science, civil and environmental engineering and computational design.

Dr. Aksamija has contributed to several books (The Skyscraper and the City: Design, Technology and Innovation and Knowledge Management: Research and Applications), and has published over fifty research articles and invited papers, published by Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing Journal, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Complexity Journal, etc. Her recent book, Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes, was published by John Wiley & Sons. She has presented at various national and international conferences, and is a frequent speaker at industry-based, scientific and academic conferences. She has received several awards, notably Francis J. Plym Doctoral Fellowship in Architecture and Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship. She is the founder and editor of the Perkins+Will Research Journal.

Research Areas

  • High-Performance Buildings
  • Emerging Building Technologies
  • Architectural Innovation
  • Computational Design
  • Building Science

Publications

Books:

  • Aksamija, A., Haymaker, J. and Aminmansour, A., eds. (2015). Future of Architectural Research: Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium Conference, Chicago, IL: Perkins+Will (in print).
  • Aksamija, A., (2013). Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes, New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Chapters in books:

  • Haymaker, J., Aksamija, A. and Green, D., (2015). “Research Mechanisms and Projects at Perkins+Will”, in The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice, Michael Hensen and Fredrik Nillson, eds. New York, NY: Routledge (in print).
  • Aksamija, A., (2015). “BIM-Based Building Performance Analysis in Architectural Practice: When, Why and How”, in Architecture and Sustainability: Critical Perspectives for Integrated Design, Ahmed Khan and Karen Allecker, eds. Brussels, Belgium: Sint-Lucas Architecture Press.
  • Zisko-Aksamija, A., (2008). “Knowledge Management in Architecture and Construction Industry”, in Knowledge Management: Research and Applications, Alex Koohang, Keith Harman and Johannes Britz, eds. Santa Rosa, CA: Informing Science Press, pp. 213-252.
  • Grobler, F., Aksamija, A., Kim, H., Krishnamurti, R., Yue, K. and Hickerson, C., (2008). “Ontologies and Shape Grammars: Communication between Knowledge-Based and Generative Systems”
  • Design Computing and Cognition ‘08: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, John S. Gero and Ashok Goel, eds. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, pp. 23-40.
  • Aksamija, A., (2007). “Urban Infrastructure and Services: Livable Cities in Balance”, in The Skyscraper and the City: Design, Technology and Innovation, Vol. 2, Lynn S. Beedle, Mir M. Ali and Paul J. Armstrong, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, pp. 411-462 (contributed).
  • Aksamija, A., (2007). “Megacities and Megastructures: Beyond Cities and Skyscrapers”, in The Skyscraper and the City: Design, Technology and Innovation, Vol. 2, Lynn S. Beedle, Mir M. Ali and Paul J. Armstrong, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, pp. 679-736 (contributed). Selected Peer-Reviewed Research Journal Articles:
  • Aksamija, A., (2015). “A Strategy for Energy Performance Analysis at the Early Design Stage: Predicted vs. Actual Building Energy Performance”, Journal of Green Building, Vol. 10, No. 3 (in print).
  • Aksamija, A., (2015). “Integrating Building Performance Analysis with Design for High-Performing Facades”, Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (in print).
  • Aksamija, A., (2013). “Building Simulations and High-Performance Buildings Research: Use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Integrated Design and Analysis”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 19-38. Tang, M., Aksamija, A., Hodge, M. and Anderson, J., (2012). “Performative Computation-Aided Design Optimization”, Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 62-67.
  • Aksamija, A., Snapp, T., Hodge, M., and Tang, M., (2012). “Re-Skinning: Performance-Based Design and Fabrication of Building Facade Components: Design Computing, Analytics and Prototyping”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 15-28.
  • Abdullah, A. and Aksamija, A., (2012). “Sustainable Design Strategies and Technical Design Development: Rush University Medical Center Entry Pavilion”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 51-81.
  • Tang, M., Aksamija, A., Hodge, M. and Anderson, J., (2012). “Data Driven Transmutation: an Investigation of Performance Based Design and Adaptive System”, AIA Forward Journal, Summer 2012 Issue, pp. 95-105, (invited article).
  • Tang, M., Aksamija, A., Hodge, M. and Anderson, J., (2011). “Performance-Driven Design and Prototyping: Design Computation and Fabrication”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 42-49.
  • Aksamija, A., Guttman, M., Rangarajan, H. and Meador, T., (2011). “Parametric Control of BIM Elements for Sustainable Design in Revit: Linking Design and Analytical Software Applications through Customization”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 32-45.
  • Aksamija, A. and Iordanova, I., (2010). “Computational Environments with Multimodal Representations of Architectural Design Knowledge”, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 439-460 (invited article).
  • Aksamija, A. and Mallasi, Z., (2010). “Building Performance Predictions: How Simulations Can Improve Design Decisions”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 7-32.
  • Aksamija, A., (2010). “Analysis and Computation: Sustainable Design in Practice”, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 291-314.
  • Aksamija, A., Kui, Y., Kim, H., Grobler, F. and Krishnamurti, R., (2010). “Integration of Knowledge-Based and Generative Systems for Building Characterization and Prediction”, Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing Journal, Special Issue, Design Computing and Cognition 09, Vol. 24, Special Issue No. 1, pp. 3-16.
  • Aksamija, A., (2009). “Integration in Architectural Design: Methods and Implementations”, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Vol. 3, No. 6, pp. 151-160.
  • Aksamija, A., (2009). “Computational Representations of Architectural Design for Tall Buildings”, Complexity Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 45-53 (invited article).
  • Aksamija, A., (2009). “Building Commissioning: Strategies, Criteria and Applications”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 7-13.
  • Aksamija, A., (2009). “Context-Based Design of Double Skin Facades: Climatic Considerations During the Design Process”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 54-69.
  • Zisko-Aksamija, A., (2008). “Information Modeling in Architectural Design: Collaborative Environment for Decision-Making Process”, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 79-88.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Conference Articles:

  • Aksamija, A., (2015). “Regenerative Design of Existing Buildings for Net-Zero Energy Use”, International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction 2015, Chicago, May 10-13 (accepted).
  • Aksamija, A., (2015). “High-Performance Building Envelopes: Design Methods for Energy-Efficient Facades”, Proceedings of the Building Enclosure Science and Technology (BEST) 4 Conference, National Institute of Buildings Sciences (NIBS), Kansas City, MO, April 12-15 (accepted).
  • Wang, Y. and Aksamija, A., (2015). “Net-Zero Energy Retrofits for Commercial Buildings”, Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2015 Conference, Chicago, April 6-9 (accepted).
  • Tabataabaee, S., Weil, B. and Aksamija, A., (2015). “Negative Life-Cycle Emissions Growth Rate through Retrofit of Existing Institutional Buildings”, Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2015 Conference, Chicago, April 6-9 (accepted).
  • Aksamija, A., (2015). “Innovation and BIM in Architectural Education: Teaching Advanced Digital Technologies to Beginner Designers”, Proceedings of the 31st National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 2015, University of Texas, Houston, February 26-28.
  • Aksamija, A., (2014). “Design of Sustainable, High-Performance Building Facades”, Proceedings of the 9th Energy Forum on Advanced Building Skins, October 28-29, Bressanone, Italy (invited paper).
  • Aksamija, A., Abdullah, A. and Cross, B., (2014). “Whole Building Energy Analysis: A Comparative Study of Different Simulation Tools and Applications in Architectural Design”, Proceedings of the 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove, CA, August 17-22.
  • Aksamija, A. and Abdullah, A., (2013). “Building Technology Research in Architectural Practice: Lessons Learned from Implementations of Energy-Efficient Advanced Building Technologies”, Proceedings of the 2013 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, Niagara Falls, NY, July 23-26, Available from http://aceee.org/files/proceedings/2013/data/papers/2_087.pdf.
  • Aksamija, A. and Green, D., (2013). “Visibility of Research in Design Practice: Current and Emerging Trends”, Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2013 Conference, Charlotte, NC, March 27-30, pp. 661-668.
  • Aksamija, A., (2012). “BIM-Based Building Performance Analysis: Evaluation and Simulation of Design Decisions”, Proceedings of the 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove, CA, August 12-17, Available from http://www.aceee.org/files/proceedings/2012/data/papers/0193-000367.pdf.
  • Tang, M., Aksamija, A., Hodge, M. and Anderson, J., (2012). “Performance-Based Generative Design Process: An Investigation of the Parametric Nature of Architecture”, Proceedings of the 100th ACSA Annual Conference: Digital Aptitudes, Boston, MA, March 1-4.
  • Aksamija, A., (2011). “Building Technology Research in Architectural Practice: Emerging Trends”, Proceedings of the 2011 ARCC Spring Research Conference, Architectural Research Centers Consortium, Plowright, P. and Gamper, B., eds., Detroit, MI: Lawrence Technological University, pp. 585-594.
  • Aksamija, A. and Iordanova, I., (2009). “Multimodal Representations of Architectural Design Knowledge”, Proceedings of the CAAD Futures 2009 Conference: Joining Languages, Cultures and Visions, Montreal, Canada: Les Presses de l’Universite de Montreal, pp. 642-655.
  • Aksamija, A. and Ali, M., (2008). “Information Technology and Architectural Practice: Knowledge Modeling Approach and BIM”, Proceedings of AIA IL Conference: Breaking New Ground, Moline, IL, November 7-8.
  • Grobler, F., Zisko-Aksamija, A. and Kim, H., (2008). “Ontological Representation of Design Knowledge”, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, 2008 International Conference on Information Technology in Construction, ICCCBE-XII, Beijing, China, October 16-18.

Courses Recently Taught

  • ARCH 400: Design Studio III
  • ARCH 540: Analysis + Representation I
  • ARCH 540: Analysis + Representation I
  • ARCH 591S: Sustainable and High-Performance Facades
  • ARCG 601: Graduate Design Studio IV
  • ARCH 602: Graduate Design Studio V
  • ARCH 700: Integration Studio