Skip to main content

About Ajla Akšamija

Ajla Aksamija, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, CDT is a 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 sustainable design, emerging building technologies, and digital design.
Dr. Aksamija directed Perkins and 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 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 is the author of two books, Integrating Innovation in Architecture: Design, Methods and Technology for Progressive Practice and Research (Wiley, 2016) and Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes (Wiley, 2013). Her forthcoming book, Research Methods for the Architectural Profession, will be published by Routledge in early 2021. She has also contributed to several other books, and has published over seventy research articles and invited papers. 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 and Will Research Journal.


Present Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Department of Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Enter a valid date range.

Enter a valid date range.

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


2005 - 2008 PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ School of Architecture
2003 - 2005 MArch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ School of Architecture
1999 - 2003 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 (10)

Contributions to Books and Book Chapters (7)

Articles (73)