Faculty

This page lists all BCT Faculty members (regular and adjunct). Associates, and Emeritus Faculty are listed on separate pages.

Faculty: Peggi Clouston | L. Carl FiocchiHo-Sung Kim
Alexander Schreyer | Bejamin Weil | Chao “Luna” Xiao

Adjunct faculty: Ajla AksamijaBill Bean | John Fabel |
Christopher NovelliLudmilla Pavlova | Alexander Stepanov


Peggi L. Clouston

Peggi Clouston

Associate Professor & Graduate Concentration Coordinator, Building Systems concentration

R: Holdsworth 127 – T: +1 (413) 545-1884 – E: clouston [Email address: clouston #AT# umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]CV

Ph.D. (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), M.A.Sc. (University of British Columbia), B.A.Sc (University of British Columbia)

P. Eng. (APEGBC and ASCE associate member)

Dr. Clouston teaches courses in structural wood design, material mechanics and bio-based composites to students of architecture, engineering and construction technology. Her research focuses on the structural behavior of biobased composite structures and innovative wood products. Research topics include: wood-concrete composite systems, local species Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), innovative timber connections, and computational modeling of Structural Composite Lumber.

Dr. Clouston is a registered professional engineer (APEGBC) and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She serves on numerous national review panels and committees and is founder of the UMass Professional Masters Option in Green Building (now part of the Environmental Conservation graduate program) well as the UMass Wood Structures Symposium.

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L. Carl Fiocchi

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R: Holdsworth – T: TBD – E: fiocchi [Email address: fiocchi #AT# umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

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Ho-Sung Kim

Ho-Sung KimLecturer & Chief Undergraduate Advisor

R: Holdsworth 125 – T: +1 (413) 545-1970 – E: kimhs [Email address: kimhs #AT# umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

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Ph.D. (Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
M.S. (Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
M.Arch. (Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Dr. Kim’s research interests are optimal design of renewable energy systems for building applications using building energy simulations and development and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of high-performance building envelopes. Dr. Kim has participated in research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Before pursuing his Ph.D. in Architecture, Dr. Kim was an architectural designer for Perkins+Will in Los Angeles, CA.

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Alexander C. Schreyer

Senior Lecturer & BCT Program Director

R: Holdsworth 126 – T: +1 (413) 545-1976 – E: schreyer [Email address: schreyer #AT# umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

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M.A.Sc. (Wood Science, University of British-Columbia, Canada)
Dipl.-Ing. (B.S. Structural Engineering, FH Wiesbaden, Germany)

Combining backgrounds in structural engineering, wood science and digital design, Mr. Schreyer’s interests span the entire range of planning and design of buildings and structures. He specializes in the design and construction of mainly heavy-timber type (e.g. glulam) structural systems. This is complemented by a strong interest in computer applications and web-based solutions in structural engineering, construction and architecture.

Mr. Schreyer is Program Director and Senior Lecturer in the Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in Amherst, MA. He teaches classes in BIM (Building Information Modeling) and CAD (Computer-Aided Design), building materials and construction methods, wood properties as well as a capstone graduate structural design class in the M.Arch. architecture program.

In his research, Mr. Schreyer focuses on the behavior of wood-based structural systems with a particular interest in innovative connection systems for wooden structures. Other foci are development of software-based approaches in digital design and structural optimization as well as interactive web-based tools.

Recently, Mr. Schreyer published the book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” with John Wiley & Sons, which provides a beginner- to intermediate-level overview of various techniques to “do more” with the popular 3D modeling application Trimble SketchUp.

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Benjamin S. Weil

Benjamin S. WeilExtension Assistant Professor, Extension Program in Building Energy

R: Holdsworth 115 – T: +1 (413) 545-1820 – E: bweil [Email address: bweil #AT# eco.umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

Ph.D. (Environmental Studies, University of California–Santa Cruz)
M.A. (History, Syracuse University, New York)
B.A. (History, University of Massachusetts–Amherst)

Dr. Weil teaches courses in energy efficient buildings. With primary responsibility for the Extension program in building energy, his research program is responsive to the needs of various stakeholders in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including home builders, architects, weatherization companies, energy utilities, state government agencies, town governments, environmental and community organizations, and homeowners. He is particularly interested in the social and behavioral dimensions of energy efficiency. He is a building analyst certified with the Building Performance Institute, and continues to enjoy building diagnostics. He manages the online Green Building Certificate for the BCT program.

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Chao “Luna” Xiao

Chao-Luna-Xiao

Lecturer, Sustainable Construction Management

R: Holdsworth 209 – T: +1 (413) 545-8863 – E: chaoxiao [Email address: chaoxiao #AT# umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

Ph.D. (Construction Science / Architecture, Texas A&M, College Station)
M.S. (Construction Science and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai, China)
B.S. (Construction Engineering and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai, China), Minor in Law

Dr. Xiao’s research interests lie in the areas of decision-making in complex project environment towards life cycle sustainability, and decision science enhanced by advanced information technologies, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM). Dr. Xiao’s current research projects focus on systematic study of complex construction project delivery system, and decision making towards post construction sustainability (including facility operation and management). With years of research and working experience, Dr. Xiao has been working on developing a vision for decision-making towards life cycle sustainability that integrates planning, design, construction and operations of complex projects.

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Adjunct Faculty

Ajla Aksamija

Ajla AksamijaAssistant Professor, Architecture+Design

R: Fine Arts Center 357 – T: 413.545.7180 – E: aaksamija [Email address: aaksamija #AT# art.umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

Dr. Ajla Aksamija is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received PhD in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis on technology and environment. Her interdisciplinary research approach spans architecture, engineering, material and computer science. Her research expertise includes building science and sustainability, emerging technologies, digital design and representations, information modeling, and knowledge management.

Dr. Aksamija directed Perkins+Will Building Technology Laboratory (“Tech Lab”), one of the first practice-driven research laboratories focusing on advanced building technologies, high-performance buildings, computational design, and building facades. Her prior professional experience also includes US Army Corps of Engineers ERDC Construction Engineering Research Laboratory and City of Champaign. She has taught advanced environmental building design at the University of Pennsylvania, and instructed architectural design studios and seminars. She has worked on developing building analysis and modeling applications, implementation of novel materials in architectural design, development of computational models, and has collaborated with researchers from material science, civil and environmental engineering and computational design.

Dr. Aksamija has contributed to several books (The Skyscraper and the City: Design, Technology and Innovation and Knowledge Management: Research and Applications), and has published over fifty research articles and invited papers, published by Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing Journal, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Complexity Journal, etc. Her recent book, Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes, was published by John Wiley & Sons. She has presented at various national and international conferences, and is a frequent speaker at industry-based, scientific and academic conferences. She has received several awards, notably Francis J. Plym Doctoral Fellowship in Architecture and Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship. She is the founder and editor of the Perkins+Will Research Journal.

Publications and presentations: http://works.bepress.com/ajla_aksamija/


Bill Bean

Bill BeanW: GreenPlanningAndCoaching.com

My interest is in business planning and coaching in the “green” space. That involves consulting and teaching to help people capture the vision for their “green” initiatives and build better business plans faster to achieve them. I have taught business workshops and done consulting for years and in 2009 structured a program to fit the university format which was offered in the winter session in a course entitled, “Building a Formalized Business Plan For Your Green Positioning”.

My academic background includes a BA and a Masters in Wood technology from UMass, Amherst in the mid 70’s. That led me to a position with International Paper Company in Manhattan in strategic planning for their Wood Products Group. Since that time I have had over 30 years in the field, in sales, sales management and consulting in the US and Canada, developing business plans and building and managing the teams to execute them.

A few years ago I did a planning and coaching engagement for a company in Florida with a “green” event center and it seemed that everyone in business who was having fun at that time was somehow associated with “green” and sustainability. That was the catalyst to me pursuing my LEED AP and NAHB CGP designations, combining them with professional certifications in Executive Coaching, Career Coaching and Retirement Career Coaching and launching a small consulting business called Green Planning & Coaching.

I would be happy to answer any questions about the course offering and feel free to visit my website to learn more about the business and my background.


John Fabel

John FabelJohn is widely recognized both for his pioneering work in sustainable technology innovation and commercialization, and for his work as an educator in entrepreneurship and innovation. Much of his work focuses on how we ultimately develop meaningful markets for sustainable resource production and low-carbon products and manufacturing.

As an inventor and designer, he holds or is named on numerous patents ranging from structural engineering to microbial genomics. John’s work is held in the collection of several museums, including the Smithsonian. He was a featured inventor in the Smithsonian’s “Invention at Play” exhibit that ran for a decade at the National Museum of American History. He was featured in author Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind”, on the new wave of innovators driving change. He is also a featured inventor in the new “Invention” Merit Badge publication of the Boy Scouts of America. John and his work have been widely featured in the media, including the Discovery, NPR, The New York Times, Popular Science, and so on. John has designed and contributed to the development of many products. Among other awards, he is a 2-time recipient of Backpacker Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” award for “gear of the year”. His book “Designing the Future to Honor the Past” received a merit award from the American Planning Association.

Throughout his career John has bridged commercial and academic sectors. Within the academic sector, John has worked extensively to develop and deliver innovative pedagogy for innovation and entrepreneurship education. John taught for 4 years at Hampshire College, where he was a visiting Lemelson professor; for 3 years at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass/Amherst, where he developed and taught what is now the capstone course in technology commercialization and management; and for three years at the Marlboro College “MBA in Managing for Sustainability” where he was recruited to develop the entrepreneurship component of the program. John was also part of the first IGERT grant received by the University of Massachusetts, serving as an entrepreneurial mentor to IGERT nano-materials students in Polymer Science. John has extensive experience in grant making and strategic program development.

As a serial clean-tech entrepreneur, John has founded several clean-tech companies and has been involved in the development and mentoring of many others. These include the ecotrek company, which pioneered the comprehensive use of recycled polymers and “cradle-to-cradle” design in outdoor products (and was an early effort to develop high-value markets for sustainable materials), and Sunethanol (now Qteros) a sustainable biofuels company he co-founded with UMass/Amherst microbiologist Dr. Susan Leschine. Recent work includes founding the bicycle and materials development company Sylvan Cycles, which makes bicycles and other products from novel high-performance bio-composite materials. Sylvan is using bicycles as an R&D platform for scalable high-performance structural materials based on low-carbon footprint manufacturing processes. These include commercial applications such as wind turbine blades and timber structures.


Christopher Novelli, AIA, NCARB

Chris NovelliArchitect, Adjunct Professor

E: CNovelli1 [Email address: CNovelli1 #AT# gmail.com - replace #AT# with @ ] – W: www.n812studio.com

Christoper Novelli is an Architect and a Senior Project Manager at Studio One Architects and oversees all aspects of design and construction on numerous project typologies including historical preservation, new construction, multi-family housing, mixed-use urban design, educational facilities and municipal projects.

Chris currently teaches Project Management in Design and Construction and has previously taught advanced architecture design studios both at UMass Amherst and at the Boston Architectural College.

Chris’ passions for the built environment include alternative methods of preserving modernist architecture (preservation through transformation) and also how to reconsider once thriving, small to medium sized former industrial cities.

Master of Architecture (Boston Architectural College)
Bachelor of Architectural Engineering Technology (Wentworth Institute of Technology)

Memeber: American Institute of Architect,s (AIA) Boston Society of Architects, (BSA) and Western Mass AIA Chapter (WMAIA)

Certified: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

Town of Wilbraham: Visionary Committee – To consider the future potential of the Town and to develop criteria which will be used in the formulation of a Master Plan for the Town.


Ludmilla Pavlova, AIA

Ludmilla Pavlova

Senior Facilities Planner, Adjunct Professor

R: Physical Plant Building, 3rd Floor – T: +1 (413) 577-1720 – E: lpavlova [Email address: lpavlova #AT# facil.umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

M. Arch. (Columbia University), B.A. (Princeton University), LEED AP, Member AIA, USGBC Mass Affiliate, SCUP

Ludmilla Pavlova is Senior Facilities Planner in Campus Planning at UMass Amherst and is responsible for master plan programming and planning for research, academic and administrative facilities and developing design guidelines.

Ludmilla has managed the planning of major capital projects including Harold Alfond Hall/ ISOM Addition, the Integrated Science Building, the Berkshire Dining Commons Renovation, the Southwest Residential Area Concourse, the Comprehensive Academic and Classroom Facilities Plan and the Library Master Plan.

Passionate about campus sustainability, Ludmilla often lectures on the topic and helped author the first UMass Amherst Sustainability Plan. Prior to coming to UMass she worked for design firms in New York City most notably for John M.Y. Lee/ Michael Timchula Associates, managing the design and construction of the Curtis/Balkan Factory in Sofia, Bulgaria, and as a member of the team that designed the Shenzhen City Center Urban Design and City Hall, Shenzhen, China.

Ludmilla has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and European Cultural Studies from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University. She is Chair of the USGBC MA Chapter Western MA Committee and Secretary of the Western MA AIA.


Alexander Stepanov

SashaGis Architect, AFS

R: Physical Plant Building, 3rd Floor – T: +1 (413) 577-1789 – E: astepanov [Email address: astepanov #AT# cp.umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

Alexander Stepanov, PhD is a GIS Architect in A&F Administrative Systems and an Adjunct Faculty with the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is involved in establishing the Enterprise GIS for the Division, which includes maintaining the ArcGIS Server and SDE, as well as developing new workflows for integration and maintaining CAD/GIS/AEC data in the Division. Alexander has a MS in Regional Planning and a PhD in Operations Research from UMass. Integration of Operations Research methods and GIS for decision making support are areas of Alexander’s interests.

He is actively involved in the GIS community, is a regular presenter at the GIS conferences, and is a member of a Leadership Team, ESRI Facilities User Group. Dr. Stepanov has been working with the GIS technology for over a decade. With a rapid rate of technological development, Dr. Stepanov’s mission is to bring industry experience and best practices into the classroom.

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Last updated: December 8, 2016