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Ajla Aksamija

Associate Professor

Dr. Aksamija is a building scientist and architectural technologist, with an extensive professional experience in complex building design, including healthcare facilities. Her interdisciplinary research approach spans architecture, engineering, material and computer science. Her research expertise includes building science and sustainability, high-performance buildings, emerging building technologies, digital design, and innovations in architecture. 

Current Research

High-Performance Buildings
Emerging Building Technologies
Architectural Innovation
Computational Design
Smart Facade Systems

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Academic Background

  • BSAS University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 2003
  • MArch University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 2005
  • PhD University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 2008
Aksamija, A., Aksamija, Z., Counihan, C., Brown, D., Upadhyaya, M., (2019). “Experimental Study of Operating Conditions and Integration of Thermoelectric Materials in Facade Systems”, Frontiers in Energy Research: Special Issue on New Materials and Design of the Building Enclosure, Volume 7, Article 6, DOI: 10.3389/fenrg.2019.00006 (invited article).
Aksamija, A., and Brown, D., (2018). “Integration of Parametric Design Methods and Building Performance Simulations for High-Performance Buildings: Methods and Tools”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 10., No. 1, pp. 28-53.
Aksamija, A., (2018). “Thermal, Energy and Daylight Analysis of Different Types of Double Skin Facades in Various Climates”, Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 1-39.
Aksamija, A., (2017). “Impact of Retrofitting Energy-Efficient Design Strategies on Energy Use of Existing Commercial Buildings: Comparative Study of Low-Impact and Deep Retrofit Strategies”, Journal of Green Building, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 70-88.
Aksamija, A., (2017). “BIM and Creativity in Architectural Education: Teaching Advanced Digital Technologies to Beginner Designers”, The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 13-25.
Aksamija, A., and Peters, T., (2016). “Climate Change and Performance of Facade Systems: Analysis of Thermal Behavior and Energy Consumption in Different Climate Types”, Perkins+Will Research Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 52-79
Aksamija, A., (2016). “Regenerative Design and Adaptive Reuse of Existing Commercial Buildings for Net-Zero Energy Use”, Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol. 27, pp. 185–195, DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2016.06.026.
Aksamija, A., and Peters, T., (2016). “Heat Transfer in Facade Systems and Energy Use: Comparative Study of Different Exterior Wall Types”, Journal of Architectural Engineering, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000224.
Contact Info

Department of Architecture
Design Building 331
551 N Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9292
(413) 545-7150