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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

Learn more at www.umass.edu/architecture/member/ajla-aksamija


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, (2021). Research Methods for the Architectural Profession, New York, NY: Routledge (in print).
Aksamija, A., Aksamija, Z., Vignaeu, G., Upadhyaya, M., and Farid Mohajer, M., (2020). “Thermoelectric Facades: Simulation of Heating, Cooling and Energy Generation Potential for Novel Intelligent Facade Systems”, Proceedings of the Facade World Congress 2020, August 5-27.
Farid Mohajer, M., and Aksamija, A., (2020). “Effects of Thermal Bridging in Facades on Buildings’ Energy Consumption: Area-Weighted vs. Additive Thermal Resistance”, Proceedings of the Facade World Congress 2020, August 5-27.
Minaei, M, and Aksamija, A., (2020). “Performance-Based Facade Design: New Approach for Multi-Objective and Automated Simulation and Optimization”, Proceedings of the Facade World Congress 2020, Los Angeles, CA, August 5-27.
Minaei, M., and Aksamija, A., (2020). “Performance-Based Facade Framework: Automated and Multi-Objective Simulation and Optimization”, Proceedings of the of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) 2020, Vienna, Austria, May 25-27.
Farid Mohajer, M., and Aksamija, A., (2019). “Integration of Building Energy Modeling (BEM) and Building Information Modeling (BIM): Workflows and Case Study”, Proceedings of the Building Technology Educators Society 2019 Conference, Amherst, MA, June 19-22.
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., Kang, L., Xin, Y, and Ye, Z., (2018). Facade Design for Sustainable Buildings: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes, Beijing, China: China Architecture and Building Press (Chinese language translation of the Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes book, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2013).
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