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About Ajla Aksamija

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.


Present Department of Architecture, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Present Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts - Amherst


Honors and Awards

  • Francis J. Plym Doctoral Fellowship in Architecture
  • Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship


  • ARCH 700 Integration Studio
  • ARCH 602 Graduate Design Studio V
  • ARCH 601 Graduate Design Studio IV
  • ARCH 591S Sustainable and High-Performance Facades Seminar
  • ARCH 541 Analysis+Representation II
  • ARCH 540 Analysis+Representation I
  • ARCH 400 Design Studio III


20052008 PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ School of Architecture
20032005 MArch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ School of Architecture
19992003 Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ School of Architecture

Contact Information

Fine Arts Center 363
151 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003


Books and Technical Reports (6)

Contributions to Books and Book Chapters (5)

Articles (52)