Responding to the spread of COVID-19, our symposium will be held ONLINE.


College of Architecture

Illinois Institute of Technology

S. R. Crown Hall

3360 S. State Street


Please register here for the event.


Friday, November 13

3:30 - 3:40 PM          Introduction & Welcome

                                 Provost Kilpatrick (IIT)

                                        Dean Kroloff (IIT)

                                        Vice Provost for Research Hickernell (IIT)

                                        Professor and Director of PhD Program Sabatino (IIT)

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3:40 - 4:30 PM            Keynote Speech: Prof. Muehleisen (Argonne National Laboratory)

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4:30 - 5:30 PM           Panel Discussion: 'HUMAN BEHAVIOR, BUILT ENVIRONMENTS, & RESILIENCY'

Room 216                                  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)

5:30 - 5:50 PM           Interview with Chicago architect Carol Ross Barney

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Saturday, November 14

9:30 - 9:35 AM           Introduction by Co-Organisers

                                Zahida Khan and Yohan Kim

9:35 - 9:40 AM           Greetings

                                 Associate Professor and President of ARCC Rashed Ali

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9:40 - 10:30 AM         Keynote Speech: Prof. Aksamija (UMass Amherst)

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10:30 - 11:30 AM        Panel Discussion: 'HUMAN BEHAVIOR & BUILDING PERFORMANCE'

Room 216                        Mini-keynote speech: Prof. Teixeira (IIT)                               

                                       Moderator: Prof. Corradi (IIT)

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

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


11:30 - 11:40 AM         Overview of 'Prometheus'  - Journal of the PhD program in Architecture

11:40 AM-12:40 PM   Lunch

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12:40 - 2:25 PM       Introduction Paper & Q/A Session 1 - Zahida Khan

Room 216                                 A Method to Assess the Geometric Purity of Shadow Lines: A Case Study of Daylighting Conditions

                                      Alsaleh Sugati - Virginia Tech

                                      The Feasibility of Double-Skin Facades to Provide Natural Ventilation in Tall Office Buildings

                                                   Yohan Kim - Illinois Institute of Technology

                                      Conducting the Smart Way of Life: Can Increased Order be Considered Equivalent to Increased Quality?

                                      A Foucault-Inspired Discourse Analysis of the Smart City Rhetoric

                                      Aisha Sobey - University of Cambridge

                                      Residential Indoor Air Quality and Environmental Conditions among Asthmatic Adults in Chicago, IL

                                      Insung Kang - Illinois Institute of Technology

                                      A Review of Hybrid Mode of Inpatient Care and Homecare Design Based on IoMT Technology

                                      Tian Li  & Yi Lu - Illinois Institute of Technology & University of Pennsylvania

                                      A BIM Based Life Cycle Assessment Tool of Embodied Energy and Environmental Impacts of Tall Buildings

                                      Lijian Ma- Illinois Institute of Technology

                                      Biophilia, LEED-ing the Way to Ecological Living through Responsible Design for High-rise Building

                                      Camelia Mina Geng - Illinois Institute of Technology                                    

2:25 - 2:40 PM         Coffee Break

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2:40 - 4:00 PM          Introduction Paper & Q/A Session 2 - Yohan Kim

Room 216                                 Understanding the Links between Thermal Comfort and Occupant Adaptive Behaviours

                                       in Naturally Ventilated Multi-Patient Wards in a Post-Epidemic Context

                                      Stavroula Koutroumpi - University of Cambridge

                                      Human Spatial Behavior and Microclimates in Urban Public Spaces using Agent-Based Simulation Modeling

                                      Zahida Khan - Illinois Institute of Technology

                                      Active Environments - Behaviors, Emotions, and Pandemics

                                      Anat Mor Avi - Illinois Institute of Technology

                                      The Crown Re-Viewed: Reflections on Student's Thermal Satisfaction in IIT Crown Hall

                                      Lobna Mitkees - Illinois Institute of Technology 

                                      Radical Resistance of Active Agency - the Case of Korangi Town

                                      Nadia Shah - Illinois Institute of Technology

                                      Bridging Bronzeville: Chicago's South Side Lakefront and the Neighbouring Communities' Hope to Reach the Heart of Chicago

                                      Alejandro Saldana Perales - Illinois Institute of Technology


4:00 - 4:15 PM        Coffee Break

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4:15 - 5:05 PM           Keynote Speech: Prof. Matthew Herman (Buro Happold)

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5:05 - 6:05 PM          Panel Discussion: 'HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS'

Room 216                     Mini-keynote speech: Prof. Henderson (IIT)                               

                                Moderator: Prof. Henderson (IIT)

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

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

6:05 - 6:20 PM          Concluding remarks & announcement of best paper winners and next year's symposium theme

                                Prof. Sabatino (IIT)

Chicago Architect Carol Ross Barney

Carol Ross Barney has been in the vanguard of civic design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981. With a career that spans over 40 years, Carol has made significant contributions to the built environment, the profession, and architectural education. As an architect, urbanist, mentor, and educator, she has relentlessly advocated that excellent design is a right, not a privilege. Her body of work, being almost exclusively in the public realm, represents this ethos and occupies a unique place within the panorama of contemporary architecture.


American Institute of Architects, Fellow.

American Society of Landscape Architects, Honorary Member.
The Economic Club of Chicago, Member.
The Metropolitan Planning Council, Board of Governors.
Illinois Institute of Technology, Adjunct Professor of Architecture.

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.