Building technology research in architectural practice: emerging trends

  • Ajla Aksamija Tech Lab, Perkins+Will
Keywords: building technology research, architectural practice, building performance, innovation


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. The objectives of the program are to advance the performance of project designs, improve the decision-making process and to inspire innovation through systematic investigations of building performance and emerging building technologies. First, descriptions of the research program are discussed, such as research objectives and methodologies. Then, two case studies are reviewed that show relationships between architectural design and conducted research, illustrating how research results inform design decisions. The first case study focuses on the investigation of thermal comfort and exterior design elements for courtyard design. The second case study investigates energy consumption studies in relation to façade design.
How to Cite
Aksamija, A. (2014). Building technology research in architectural practice: emerging trends. ARCC Conference Repository.