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Research Methods for the Architectural Profession (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2021

This book introduces research as a systematic process, describes how to formulate research questions, provides an in-depth explanation of different research methods (qualitative, quantitative, and experimental), explains how to select appropriate research methods, and execute research studies. It describes the process of documentation, knowledge dissemination, and application of research results in architectural design and practice.

H2O (publication cover)
H2O
Alpa Nawre and Carey Clouse
2020

The word “H2O” sits uncomfortably on our tongues. While the word “water” harbors a host of divergent social, cultural, and theoretical meanings, the scientism underlying H2O distills the idea of water to its molecular structure, devoid of pluralistic, overlapping, or competing worldviews. 

Creative Framing Systematic Exploration (publication cover)
Caryn Brause
2020

The value of translation - of bridging the divide between concept and realization, between academia and practice - has been a core editorial mission of this journal since its inception. The work presented in this publication suggests that we need not position research and practice on opposing sides of a conceptual divide.

Thermoelectric Facades Simulation of Heating and Cooling Potential for Novel Intelligent Facades (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija, Zlatan Aksamija, Mahsa Farid Mohajer, Meenakshi Upadhyaya, Guy Vigneau
2020

This article discusses design, prototype development and a simulation study of novel types of facade systems, which integrate thermoelectric (TE) materials.

Climate Adaptive Design Building up Ladakh's Ice Stupas (publication cover)
Carey Clouse
2019

This article chronicles the development of a climate-adaptive water management project, called the ice stupa, in Ladakh, a region in northern India.

Experimental Study of Operating Conditions and Integration of Thermoelectric Materials in Facade Systems (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija, Zlatan Aksamija, Christopher Counihan, Dylan Brown, Meenakshi Upadhyaya
2019

This article discusses the application of thermoelectric (TE) materials in building facade systems, which can be used to create active exterior enclosures.

Holding Ground Paris France (publication cover)
Pari Riahi
2019

Focusing on spaces surrounding the housing projects, this essay is keen to identify the different connotations of open and public spaces. It documents different forms of ground, demonstrating the variety, spread and sheer scale of the unoccupied ground that borders the dense housing projects.

Integration and Innovation (publication cover)
2019

Innovation can begin with conjecture, with a searching for more effective solutions, or with an application to currently unknown or unarticulated needs. Innovation scholarship examines the personal intellectual habits that support new ideas, such as openness and exploratory behavior, as well as the circumstances behind the places in which creativity flourishes, such as support for cross-disciplinary fertilization and access to resources.

Beyond the Visible Skillsets for Future Interior Architecture Practice (publication cover)
Caryn Brause
2018

This book contribution focuses on the value of spatial intelligence considering emerging conditions and suggests material strategies that can be applied to future practice, such as reconfigurability, modularity, planning to accommodate future renovations, and designing to enable ongoing personal customization.

BIM Based Building Performance Analysis in Architectural Practice (project cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2018

This book contribution outlines methods for integrating Building Information Modeling (BIM) with performance analysis procedures.

Experimental Study on Integration of Thermoelectric Materials in Exterior Walls for Heating and Cooling in High-Performance Buildings (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija, Zlatan Aksamija, Christopher Counihan, Dylan Brown, Meenakshi Upadhyaya
2018

This article discusses the design, prototype development and an experimental study of facade-integrated thermoelectric (TE) materials.

Integration of Parametric Design Methods and Building Performance Simulations for High-Performance Buildings Methods and Tools (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija, Dylan Brown
2018

This article discusses methods for integrating parametric design methods with building performance analysis procedures, suitable for whole building design. In this research, an ideal framework was developed and tested using existing software applications, including Building Information Modeling (BIM), non-BIM, parametric design and building performance analysis applications.

Methods for Integrating Parametric Design with Building Performance Analysis (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2018

This paper discusses methods for integrating parametric design with building performance analysis procedures, specifically presenting tools and design methodologies that are suitable for whole building design. In this research, an ideal framework for integration of parametric and performance analysis procedures was developed.

Seeking Appropriate Methods The Role of Public-Interest Design Advocacy in the High Himalaya (publication cover)
Carey Clouse
2018

The book presents debates around the issue of whether architecture empowers the participators and alleviates socio-economic exclusion or if it instead indirectly sustains an exploitive capitalism. Bringing together a range of theories and case studies, this companion offers a platform to facilitate future lines of inquiry in education, research, and practice.

Thermal, Energy and Daylight Analysis of Different Types of Double Skin Facades in Various Climates (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2018

This article explores thermal, energy and daylighting performance of double skin facades (DSFs) in different climate types, specifically focusing on three typologies: box window, corridor and multi-story DSFs.

Ajla Aksamija, Zlatan Aksamija, ChristopherCounihan, Dylan Brown, Meenakshi Upadhyaya
2018

This article discusses design, prototype development and an experimental study of facade-integrated thermoelectric (TE) materials. In this research, heating and cooling potentials of these novel systems were explored.

BIM and Creativity in Architectural Education Teaching Advanced Digital Technologies to Beginner Designers (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2017

This article discusses the development of two laboratory courses that are interrelated and consecutive and that integrate advanced digital technologies and BIM with design exploration and visualization.

Double Skin Facades and Daylight Simulations (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2017

This article discusses results of a research study that investigated daylight performance of glazed double-skin facades (DSFs) in various climate types.

Energy Performance of Different Types of Double Skin Facades in Various Climates (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2017

This paper explores thermal and energy performance of double skin facades (DSFs) in different climate types, specifically focusing on three typologies: box window, corridor type and multistory DSFs.

Expanding the Boundaries of Architectural Representation (publication cover)
Pari Riahi
2017

The selection of papers republished in the present volume, which comprises the fourth in the special anthology series of The Journal from the last decade (2004–2013), span from the early nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. They present a diverse set of intentions, methods and visual and verbal evidence by architects and artists testing and redefining the boundaries of architectural representation and architecture itself.

Heat Transfer in Facade Systems and Energy Use Comparative Study of Different Exterior Wall Types (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija, Troy Peters
2017

This research article discusses methods for designing high-performance facades with a focus on minimizing heat transfer and improving energy usage.

Impact of Retrofitting Energy-Efficient Design Strategies on Energy Use of Existing Commercial Buildings Comparative Study of Low-Impact and Deep Retrofit Strategies (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2017

This article discusses energy-efficient retrofitting design strategies for commercial office buildings, and examines their effect on energy consumption. The objective of the research was to study how to integrate passive design strategies and energy-efficient building systems to improve building performance, and reduce the energy consumption of existing buildings in three different climate types (cold, mixed and hot climates).

Integration of Parametric Design in Architecture and Building Performance Simulations Applications for Facade Design (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2017

This paper discusses methods for integrating parametric design with building performance analysis, specifically presenting tools and design methodologies that are suitable for facade design. A case study is used to demonstrate the integration of these tools and methods.

Regenerative Design for Achieving Net-Zero Energy Commercial Buildings in Different Climate Types (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija, Yi Wang; Editors: Manuel Couceiro da Costa, Filipa Roseta, Joana Pestana Lages, Susana Couceiro da Costa
2017

This book contribution discusses feasibility of achieving net-zero energy goals in retrofitting existing commercial buildings in different climate types. The objective of the research was to study how to integrate passive design strategies and energy-efficient building systems to improve building performance and reduce energy consumption of existing buildings, and to reach net zero energy goals by utilizing renewable energy sources.

The Batture Effect (publication cover)
Carey Clouse and Zachary Lamb
2017

This article proposes the existence of a Batture Effect, a mode of insurgent citizenship whereby hidden environmental threats are made visible and small-scale architectural, urban, and psychological adaptation measures are tested. As an adaptive design strategy, organic in its development over time and responsive to the immediate needs of residents, the occupation of the Batture demonstrates a homesteader’s approach to land appropriation.

The Designer's Field Guide to Collaboration (publication cover)
Caryn Brause
2017

This publication provides practitioners and students with the tools necessary to collaborate effectively with a wide variety of partners in an increasingly complex design environment. The book draws on the expertise of top professionals in the allied fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and construction management, and brings to bear research from diverse disciplines such as software development, organizational behavior, and outdoor leadership training. 

The Himalayan Ice Stupa Ladakh’s Climate Adaptive Water Cache (publication cover)
Carey Clouse
2017

The project provides a working model for water husbandry in northern India and valuable insight into the emerging practice of designing for climate change.

The Improvised Versus the Planned In Search of Public Space in Parisian Suburbs (publication cover)
Pari Riahi
2017

The paper looks into the disjointed body of the suburbs that surround the city of Paris in search of markers of public life. The paper presents a hybrid model of research and design that aims at creating better public spaces in those areas through careful, phased operations.

Thermal and Energy Performance of Double Skin Facades in Different Climate Types (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2017

This paper explores thermal and energy performance of double skin facades (DSFs) in different climate types, specifically focusing on three typologies: box window, corridor type and multistory DSFs.

Climate Change and Performance of Facade Systems Analysis of Thermal Behavior and Energy Consumption in Different Climate Types (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija, Troy Peters
2016

The purpose of this research was to analyze thermal behavior and energy performance of different facade types, as well as impacts of climate change on facade performance. 

Double Skin Facades: Thermal and Energy Performance in Different Climate Types (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2016

This paper explores thermal and energy performance of double skin facades (DSFs) in different climate types, specifically focusing on three typologies: box window, corridor type and multistory DSFs.

Impact of Climate Change Thermal and Energy Performance of Facade Types in Different Climates (publication cover_
Ajla Aksamija, Troy Peters
2016

This research was conducted by modelling conductive heat transfer in five different exterior wall types (brick cavity wall, rainscreen facade with terracotta cladding, rainscreen facade with glass-fiber reinforced concrete cladding, curtain wall, and a curtain wall with thermally broken framing), where U-values were compared to determine thermal performance.

Integrating Innovation In Architecture (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2016

This book focuses on innovations in architecture, including new materials and design methods, advances in computational design practices, innovations in building technologies and construction techniques, and the integration of research with design.

Passive Solar Facades, Thermal Comfort and Climate Change Predictive Simulations with Near and Distant Weather Patterns (publication cover)
Troy Peters, Ajla Aksamija
2016

This study focuses on passive design methods for facades, and investigates the effect on thermal comfort in different climate types, where current and future climate conditions are considered.

Regenerative Design and Adaptive Reuse of Existing Commercial Buildings for Net-Zero Energy Use (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2016

This article discusses feasibility of achieving net-zero energy goals in retrofitting commercial buildings, where a specific case study is presented to illustrate research process, design methods and results. An existing commercial building located in Holyoke, Massachusetts was chosen as the research target to study how to integrate passive design strategies and energy-efficient building systems to improve the building performance and reduce energy consumption.

A Strategy for Energy Performance Analysis at the Early Design Stage Predicted vs. Actual Building Energy Performance (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2015

The purpose of this research was to investigate the potential of these programs to perform whole building energy analysis during the early stages of architectural design, and compare the results with the actual building energy performance.

Ars et Ingenium The Embodiment of Imagination in Francesco di Giorgio Martini's Drawings (publication cover)
Pari Riahi
2015

Starting with the broader edges of Francesco’s written work and steadily penetrating the fantastic world of his drawings, the book examines his singular formulation of the act of drawing and its significance in the context of the Renaissance.

BIM Based Building Performance Analysis in Architectural Practice (project cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2015

This book contribution discusses methods for effective use of Building Information Model (BIM) based analyses to simulate optimal design strategies specifically relating to architectural practice. It describes when, how and why the BIM-based building performance simulation tools are to be integrated into the design process to determine the best value of sustainable design strategies.

Design Methods for Sustainable, High-Performance Building Facades (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2015

This research article discusses the methods for designing sustainable, high-performance facades, and the necessary steps in ensuring that the environmental factors and energy-efficiency strategies are integrated with the design process.

High-Performance Building Envelopes: Design Methods for Energy-Efficient Facades (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2015

The objective of this paper is to discuss design methods for sustainable, high-performance facades, and the necessary steps in ensuring that the environmental factors and energy-efficiency strategies are integrated with the design process.

Innovation and BIM in Architectural Education: Teaching Advanced Digital Technologies to Beginner Designers (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2015

This paper discusses development of two laboratory courses that integrate advanced digital technologies and BIM with design exploration and visualization. The intention is to strengthen students’ ability to represent their ideas visually using different digital media, and also to teach the basics of building construction and technologies so that the students can begin to represent architectural design using BIM tools.

Integrating Building Performance Analysis with Design for High-Performing Facades (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2015

This article discusses methods for designing high-performance facades, integration of simulations and modeling with the design process, as well as two case studies.

Negative Life-Cycle Emissions Growth Rate Through Retrofit of Existing Institutional Buildings (publication cover)
Somayeh Tabataabaee, Benjamin Weil, Ajla Aksamija
2015

This study uses life-cycle analysis to evaluate efficacy of energy retrofits for an existing institutional building located on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Using data, energy models, and life-cycle analysis tools for an actual energy retrofit on an existing residential building, this study will show how poor controls and failing to address thermal bridges can affect our model expectations.

Net-Zero Energy Retrofits for Commercial Buildings (publication cover)
Yi Wang, Ajla aksamija
2015

This paper explores feasibility for achieving net-zero energy goals in retrofitting commercial buildings. An existing commercial building in Holyoke, Massachusetts was chosen as the research target to study how to integrate passive design strategies and energy-efficient building systems to improve the building performance and reduce energy consumption.

Regenerative Design of Existing Buildings for Net-Zero Energy Use (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2015

This paper explores feasibility of achieving net-zero energy goals in retrofitting commercial buildings. An existing commercial building in Holyoke, Massachusetts was chosen as the research target to study how to integrate passive design strategies and energy-efficient building systems to improve the building performance and reduce energy consumption. 

Rising Measures Drawing Over the Cités HLM in Greater Paris (publication cover)
Pari Riahi
2015

The contrast between living conditions in Paris and its struggling suburbs is unsettling. The studio investigated the potential means to transform the living conditions in the Cites HLM—areas of concentrated housing projects at the outskirts of the Parisian urban agglomeration—by considering two scales of operation: the larger urban/suburban scale and the smaller scale of housing complexes.

Fostering Resilience in a Vulnerable Terrain (publication cover)
Pari Riahi
2014

The deteriorating suburbs of Paris are violent and dysfunctional. Known as Cités HLM, they barely sustain their vulnerable inhabitants. The paper offers a reading of the current conditions and proposes strategies that will allow the Cités HLM to rebuild themselves from the inside-out.

Sustainable Facades Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes (publication cover)
Ajla Aksamija
2013

This book focuses on the strategies and approaches for designing sustainable, high-performance building facades, and provides technical guidance for architects and designers.