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SoA Faculty Participate in the BHAAAS Symposium

Ajla Aksamija, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, CDT (Prof. and Chair at the SoA) and Sunny Milosevic (Ph.D. Student at the CMP and Associate Instructor at the SoA) participated at the Sustainable Urban Development: Designing Smart, Inclusive and Resilient Cities symposium of the 13th Days of BHAAAS (Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from June 23-26, 2022.

Hosted by the City of Sarajevo, Sarajevo Ministry of Science, Higher Education, and Youth, and the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a multitude of partnerships and sponsors among which were the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme, and the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHAAAS Partners and Sponsors – Sarajevo 2022), this international and multidisciplinary conference was composed of 32 symposia in medical, technical, natural and social sciences, sustainability, and humanities and arts with about 350 presentations by participants from 26 countries.

Sunny Milosevic presented the co-authored paper with Prof. Aksamija, titled “Sustainable Retrofit Strategies for an Existing and Historically Significant Residential Complex: Environmental Response and Facade Performance Analysis”. The presentation discussed her preliminary dissertation research on a specific case study, which focuses on sustainable retrofit strategies for an existing, Brutalist-style, residential complex “Ciglane”, located in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The primary research objective was to evaluate present state performance of several modules of a single building within this residential complex, by analysis of archival data, empirical data, as well as building performance modeling and simulations.

In addition, Prof. Ajla Aksamija, presented an invited presentation, titled “Decarbonizing the Built Environment for Sustainable Future”. This presentation discussed her research design methods for decarbonizing the built environment, specifically focusing on energy-efficient retrofits of existing buildings and methods to achieve net-zero energy design.


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