College of Architecture

Illinois Institute of Technology

S. R. Crown Hall

3360 S. State Street

Chicago - IL 60613

Responding to the spread of COVID-19, our symposium will be held in a hybrid mode with online and onsite presentations. The events/spaces will be prepared based on the CDC guidelines to maintain healthy environments as the health and safety of all the participants is our first priority.


(The program below is subject to change)

Friday, November 13

3:00 - 4:15 PM         Registration

S. R. Crown Hall 

4:15 - 4:30 PM         Introduction & Welcome

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4:30 - 5:20 PM          Keynote Speech: Prof. Muehleisen (Argonne National Laboratory)

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5:20 - 6:20 PM          Panel Discussion: 'HUMAN BEHAVIOR, BUILT ENVIRONMENTS, & RESILIENCY'

S. R. Crown Hall               Mini-keynote speech: Prof. Segerstrale (IIT)                               

                                      Moderator: Prof. Sabatino (IIT)

                                      Panels: Prof. Segerstrale (IIT), Prof. Mimica (IIT),

                                                   Prof. Ditchman (IIT), Prof. Muehleisen (Argonne National Laboratory)

6:20 - 8:30 PM           Reception

S. R. Crown Hall

Saturday, November 14

9:00 - 9:30 AM         Breakfast

S. R. Crown Hall 

9:30 - 9:45 AM           Overview of Prometheus

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9:45 - 10:35 AM         Keynote Speech: Prof. Aksamija (UMass Amherst)

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10:35 - 11:35 AM        Panel Discussion: 'HUMAN BEHAVIOR & BUILDING PERFORMANCE'

S. R. Crown Hall               Mini-keynote speech: Prof. Teixeira (IIT)                               

                                      Moderator: Prof. Corradi (IIT)

                                      Panels: Prof. Aksamija (UMass Amherst), Prof. Teixeira (IIT),

                                                      Prof. Heidarinejad (IIT), Prof. Leslie (ISU)

11:35 AM-12:35 PM   Lunch

S. R. Crown Hall 

12:35 - 2:20 PM       Paper Session 1 - TBD

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2:20 - 2:35 PM         Coffee Break

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2:35 - 4:05 PM          Paper Session 2 - TBD

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4:05 - 4:20 PM        Coffee Break

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4:20 - 5:10 PM           Keynote Speech: Prof. Matthew Herman (Buro Happold)

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5:10 - 6:10 PM            Panel Discussion: 'HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN BUILT ENVIRONMENTS'

                                Mini-keynote speech: Prof. Henderson (IIT)                               

                                Moderator: Prof. Henderson (IIT)

                                      Panels: Prof. Herman (Buro Happold), Prof. Felsen (IIT),

                                                      Prof. Villalobos (IIT), Prof. Du (TTU)

S. R. Crown Hall 

6:30 - 9:00 PM          Closing Reception

S. R. Crown Hall 

Sunday, November 15

9:00 - 11:00 AM        IIT Campus & Bronzeville Neighborhood Tour

                                Prof. Michelangelo Sabatino

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM   Downtown Chicago Tour

                                 Alejandro Saldana Perales

Keynote Speakers

Ralph T. Muehleisen, PhD is the Principal Building Scientist, the Building Energy Decision and Technology Section leader, and the Urban Science and Engineering Program lead for Argonne’s Energy Systems division.  At Argonne, Dr. Muehleisen leads research to increase the energy efficiency and resiliency of the built environment while improving the quality of life and return on investment for citizens. His projects include urban science and engineering, stochastic building energy modeling, reduced order building energy modeling, risk analysis of building energy retrofits, Bayesian Calibration methods for building energy models, agent based models for understanding adoption of retrofit technologies, smart building/smart grid integration, and the development of new energy efficient and diagnostic technologies buildings. Dr. Muehleisen is the author of over 200 publications and presentations, and is a frequent invited speaker in the areas of urban science and engineering, building energy modeling, architectural acoustics and noise control.

Dr. Muehleisen is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a licensed Professional Engineer, a LEED AP, an INCE Board Certified Noise Control Engineer, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Urban Scale Modeling Research Subcommittee of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) USA, the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of IBPSA-USA, and Vice Chair of the Energy Calculations Technical Committee at ASHRAE.

Ajla Akšamija, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, CDT is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Building Technology Researcher/Associate at Perkins and Will. Her research expertise includes building science, high-performance buildings, emerging building technologies, digital design and representations, and innovations in architecture.

Dr. Akšamija 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, and computational design. She has worked on developing building analysis and modeling applications, implementation of novel materials in architectural design, and development of new building technologies. Her extensive professional experience includes healthcare facilities, academic buildings, schools, commercial buildings, and mixed-use buildings.

Her most recent book, Integrating Innovation in Architecture, Design, Methods and Technology for Progressive Practice and Research, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2016. She also authored Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes (John Wiley & Sons, 2013). Dr. Akšamija has 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, one of the first peer-reviewed research journals coming from the design industry. Her upcoming book, Research Methods for the Architectural Profession, will be published in early 2021 by Routledge.

Matthew Herman is a principal who leads Buro Happold’s Chicago office and is responsible for the day to day operations of the MEP and environmental design teams.

Mr. Herman's experience includes a variety of projects ranging in scale from system component design to master planning primarily in the cultural and civic, commercial, residential, and education sectors. 

His extensive experience brings an interdisciplinary approach to all of his projects, balancing architecture and engineering in a cost effective and sustainable manner.

He is especially interested in low energy design and energy analysis including energy modeling, post occupancy monitoring, and life cycle assessment for existing buildings and new construction. 

He is also an ongoing Research-Based Advisor for Ph.D. Candidates at the Illinois Institute of Technology.