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 is the founder and editor of the
Perkins+Will Research Journal. 

Books and Technical Reports

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Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes (2013)

This book focuses on the strategies and approaches for designing sustainable, high-performance building facades, and...

 

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Tech Lab Annual Report 2012 (2013)

Tech Lab Annual Report 2012 includes selected research studies and reports, white papers, publications and...

 

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Tech Lab Annual Report 2011 (2012)

Tech Lab Annual Report 2011 includes selected research studies, reports, publications, and also provides an...

 

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Tech Lab Annual Report 2010 (2011)

Tech Lab Annual Report 2010 includes selected research studies, reports, publications, and also provides an...

 

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Tech Lab Annual Report 2009 (2010)

Tech Lab Annual Report 2009 includes selected research studies, reports, publications, and also provides an...

 

Contributions to Books and Book Chapters

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Knowledge Management in Architecture and Construction Industry, Knowledge Management: Research and Applications (2008)

The complexity of projects and scales and the multidisciplinary nature of buildings constructed today call...

 

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Megacities and Megastructures: Beyond Cities and Skyscrapers, The Skyscraper and the City: Design, Technology and Innovation (2007)

This chapter discusses super tall buildings, mega-cities, and innovative technologies in tall building design. It...

 

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Urban Infrastructure and Services: Livable Cities in Balance, The Skyscraper and the City: Design, Technology and Innovation (2007)

This chapter discusses relationships between cities and tall buildings, characteristics of livable cities, infrastructure and...

 

Articles

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Climate Considerations for Facades, High Performing Buildings Magazine (2014)

Facades are one of the most significant contributors to the energy budget and the comfort...

 

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Building Simulations and High-Performance Buildings Research: Use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Integrated Design and Analysis, Perkins+Will Research Journal (2013)

High-performance, energy-efficient buildings require a different design approach than conventional buildings. Building performance predictions, use...

 

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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 (2013)

This paper discusses relationships between research, architectural design and technology, and provides an overview of...

 

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Performative Computation-Aided Design Optimization (with Ming Tang, Mike Hodge, and Jonathon Anderson), Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Journal (2013)

This article discusses a collaborative research and teaching project between the University of Cincinnati, Perkins+Will’s...

 

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Visibility of Research in Design Practice: Current and Emerging Trends (with David Green), Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2013 Conference (2013)

This paper discusses the current trends in research coming from practice, particularly focusing on the...

 

Popular Press

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Current Trends in Fire Safing: Complex Curtain Wall Geometry and Material Selection for Passive Fire Protection (with Bruce Toman), Fire Protection Engineering Magazine (2011)

The mechanisms of floor-to-floor fire spread at the exterior walls have been established by the...

 

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Research and Knowledge Leadership: Three Reasons for Needing Continuous Explorations in Design Practice (with Kalpana Kuttaiah and Breeze Glazer), Engineering Design+Construction (2011)

In most professions today, there is an inherent need for continuous research in order to...

 

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Research in Practice: New Direction for Architectural and Design Research (with Kalpana Kuttaiah), World Architecture News (2011)

Research in architecture and design is not a new phenomenon. Gradual technological changes over the...

 

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Perkins+Will Research Journal: Integration of Design and Research within a Global Practice (with Kalpana Kuttaiah), Contract Magazine (2011)

What exactly constitutes “research” for design practices? Why is it important? How is it relevant?...

 

Presentations

How Integrated Project Delivery And BIM Are Used And Provide Value For Your Capital Projects (with Andrew Arnold), International Facility Management Association (2013)
 

Visibility of Research in Design Practice: Current and Emerging Trends (with David Green), Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2013 Conference (2013)