Ajla Aksamija

Ajla Aksamija

PhD, LEED AP BD+C, CDT

(Perkins+Will)

Ajla Aksamija's Profile
Dr. Ajla Aksamija is a building technology researcher. She leads Perkins+Will Tech Lab center for research of building technologies. Her interdisciplinary research approach spans architecture, engineering, material and computer science. She received PhD in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis on technology and environment. Prior to joining Perkins+Will, she worked at the US Army Corps of Engineers ERDC Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. Her research expertise includes building science and sustainability, emerging technologies, digital design and representations, information modeling, and high-performance buildings. 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); has written numerous 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 and Complexity Journal, and has presented at various national and international conferences (such as CAAD Futures; ASCE Architectural Engineering Institute Conference; Design Computing and Cognition; Architectural Research Centers Consortium Conference, etc.). She has received several awards, notably Francis J. Plym Doctoral Fellowship in Architecture and Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship. She is the founder and editor of the Perkins+Will Research Journal. Dr. Aksamija is a member of AREA' Steering Committee and is involved in its Technology channel, promoting research relating to advanced building technologies and high-performance buildings.
Recent Articles:

This paper discusses building commissioning, particularly focusing on capturing design intent throughout the project lifecycle. Cost-implications, benefits, and roles of agents are discussed. Tools and applications aimed at facilitating the process are presented.

By Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will)

Designed to meet the living building challenge, The unique design of the Rush University Medical Center Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion is the outcome of sustainable design strategies. This article discusses the challenges in realizing these design goals and lessons learned in the process.

By Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will),
Abul Abdullah (Perkins+Will)

High-performance, energy-efficient buildings require a different design approach than conventional buildings. This article discusses relationships between building performance simulations and design, as well as the role of building performance research in architectural practice.

By Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will)

This article reviews performance-driven design methods, parametric design and digital fabrication as some of the emerging design techniques in architectural design

By Ming Tang (University of Cincinnati),
Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will),
Michael Hodge (Gensler),
Jonathon Anderson (University of Nevada Las Vegas)

This article discuses use of simulation tools in design practice to support sustainable and energy efficient design decisions.

By Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will)

This paper discusses the integration of knowledge bases and shape grammars for the generation of building models. Knowledge-based and generative systems are combined to construct a method for characterizing existing buildings.

By Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will),
Kui Yue (Microsoft),
Hyunjoo Kim (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte),
Francois Grobler (),
Ramesh Krishnamurti (Carnegie Mellon University)

This paper discusses relationships between research, architectural design and technology, with particular focus on the descriptions and activities of a practice-oriented architectural research program.

By Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will)