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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, (2016). Integrating Innovation in Architecture: Design, Methods and Technology for Progressive Practice and Research, Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
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.
Aksamija, A., (2015). “Design Methods for Sustainable, High-Performance Building Facades”, Advances in Building Energy Research, Vol. 10, No 2, pp. 240-262, DOI: 10.1080/17512549.2015.1083885.
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, pp. 161-176.
Aksamija, A., (2015). “Regenerative Design of Existing Buildings for Net-Zero Energy Use”, Procedia Engineering, Vol. 118, pp. 72-80.
Aksamija, A., (2015). “Integrating Building Performance Analysis with Design for High-Performing Facades”, Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 20-25.
Aksamija, A., (2013). Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes, New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
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.
Contact Info

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