Nathaniel Jones

Nathaniel Jones received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he conducted research in sustainable architectural design in the Building Technology Program as a member of the Sustainable Design Lab. His research examines the role of building performance simulation tools in the design process and the potential for improving design feedback by creating faster tools. His work with Radiance, a widely-used global illumination simulation software package for architectural design, led the the development of Accelerad, an open source GPU-accelerated tool for lighting and daylighting simulation.

Nathaniel holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins (2005) and a master’s degree in architecture from Cornell (2009). He earned his master’s degree under Kevin Pratt using energy simulation coupled with genetic algorithms to optimize building massing and materials. His work includes algorithms for automated translation of architectural CAD models for energy simulation and development of methods to more accurately simulate radiant heat exchange in buildings.

2017 Doctoral Dissertation: Validated Interactive Daylighting Analysis for Architectural Design

Areas of Interest
Building Energy, Daylighting, Sustainability, Visualization


2013 - 2017
2005 - 2009
MArch, Cornell University
2001 - 2005
BS, Johns Hopkins University

Professional Experience

2017 - Present
Advanced Technology & Research Analyst, Arup
2009 - 2013
Research Support Specialist, Cornell University


- 2016
Student Travel Scholarship, Society of Building Science Educators
- 2012
Outstanding Paper Award, Symposium on Architecture and Urban Design
- 2011
Best Research Paper, International Building Performance Simulation Association
- 2009
Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, American Institute of Architects
- 2005
Civil Engineering Award, Johns Hopkins University
- 2005
National Capitol Chapter Student Award, American Concrete Institute
- 2004
Maryland Section Scholar, American Society of Civil Engineers