May 8th 2018



3rd International Graduate Student Symposium of the PhD Program at IIT College of Architecture

November 16-18, 2018
S. R. Crown Hall
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL

Cities account for a significant portion of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, due to population growth and urbanization. With major contributions to energy demand and carbon emissions in cities, building-related urban energy use should be the foundation of local and global agendas to meet carbon reduction targets. The 3rd International Graduate Student Symposium that is hosted by the PhD Program at IIT College of Architecture will explore the theme of "Buildings, Cities, and Performance". The symposium is to provide a platform to engage in and enhance the dialogue around future trends of energy performance research in the building sector within an urban context. The symposium highlights graduate student contributions in architecture, engineering, urban design and planning, landscape architecture and other related disciplines.

Topics of interest in this symposium include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of the environmental performance of buildings and cities in the form of theoretical, methodological, and empirical research papers:

- Building and urban energy and carbon efficiency

- Building and urban energy modeling techniques, tools, and methods

- Urban energy benchmarking

- Big data and visualization

- Urban informatics

- Embodied energy at building and urban scales

- Life cycle environmental impacts of buildings


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Submitted works must have a graduate student or a recent graduate of Master’s or PhD programs in related fields as first author.

All papers must be original works of graduate students. Please use the abstract template to prepare a 250-word abstract and submit it via the submission link by May 31, 2018.

Full Papers:
Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers. Full papers are due July 31, 2018 and the authors must submit their papers via online submission system.

Interested graduate students can also submit their contributions in the poster format. Poster submissions must be submitted via online submission system by July 31, 2018.


Abstract submission deadline (for both posters and papers): June 7, 2018
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Abstract acceptance notification: June 14, 2018
Full paper submission deadline: July 31, 2018
Speakers receive feedback: August 15, 2018
|Final full paper submission: August 31, 2018

Announcement of presentations to authors: September 7, 2018

Registration opens: Early September, 2018
Opening event: November 16, 2018
All-day paper sessions: November 17, 2018
Chicago architecture tour for symposium participants: November 18, 2018


Authors of accepted full papers will be invited to present their papers at the symposium. Registration is free-of-charge for students with accepted full papers. Students who have accepted full papers but are unable to travel to Chicago are encouraged to present via Skype. The accepted papers will be published in a post-conference publication.

Limited number of student travel grants will be available to support participation of graduate students with accepted full papers. To apply for travel grants, email your CV to by August 31, 2018.


Michelangelo Sabatino, PhD

Rahman Azari, PhD

Narjes Abbasabadi, PhD Candidate


Rahman Azari, PhD
College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

Sybil Derrible, PhD
Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks Lab, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jimeno A. Fonseca, PhD
Future Cities Laboratory, ETH Zurich

Mohammad Heidarinejad, PhD
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Tianzhen Hong, PhD
Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Simi Hoque, PhD
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University

Constantine Kontokosta, PhD
Urban Intelligence Lab, New York University

Kristina Orehounig, PhD
Urban Energy Systems Laboratory, Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Jean-Louis Scartezzini, PhD
Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory, EPFL Lausanne

Brent Stephens, PhD
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

The symposium will be held in S.R. Crown Hall at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL, USA.

All questions about submissions should be emailed to