Dr. Nathaniel Jones is a building scientist, educator, and software developer. He is currently an Advanced Technology & Research analyst at Arup and teaches building science at the University of San Francisco. His background spans architectural design, engineering, and computer science, with an emphasis tools that aid informed decision making in early design. He is the developer of Accelerad, a suite of open-source GPU-based lighting and daylighting simulation tools used by architects, engineers, and educators around the world.
Nathaniel earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2017. As part of the Building Technology program, he performed cutting-edge research in daylighting, visual comfort, and building- and urban-scale energy simulation in the Sustainable Design Lab with Christoph Reinhart.
Nathaniel is active in the building science community and serves as chair of the International Building Performance Simulation Association-USA chapter’s subcommittee on emerging simulation technologies. He is the author of multiple journal and conference papers related to building energy and daylighting simulation, and he has regularly been an invited speaker on the application of parallel computation to building simulation.
Accelerad is a free suite of programs for lighting and daylighting analysis and visualization. It speeds up Radiance calculations up to forty times faster using OptiX™, a ray tracing engine built for the graphics processor unit (GPU). Accelerad maintains compatibility with Radiance scene and output file formats and uses a subset of Radiance’s material modifiers and command-line arguments.
Links to some of my published work.
My PhD thesis from MIT, Validated Interactive Daylighting Analysis for Architectural Design, on the use of graphics processors to perform fast and accurate daylighting analysis.
My master's thesis from Cornell University, Architecture as a Complex Adaptive System, on the design of buildings using evolutionary algorithms.
News features and articles of various interest.