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James Jones


Jim Jones is a Professor in the School of Architecture and directs the Center for High Performance Environments and oversees the Design Research stream of the PhD Program. Under his supervision the Center for High Performance Environments has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Jim has a Masters of Architecture and Ph.D. from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He has conducted research related to design decision-making and building performance for over thirty years and has been recognized as a National Merit Scholar by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Dr. Jones has advised over 25 PhD students, 30 Master of Science and over 100 undergraduate and graduate design thesis projects. Dr. Jones has over 100 publications in books, invited book chapters and conference proceedings, and has been the Principal Investigator for over $2 million in funded research.   

Human/environments interactions, Building Performance, Design Process, Lighting and Health, Natural Ventilation

ARCH 5755G Environmental Building Systems
ARCH 4014 Integrated Design Lab
ARCH 5134 Topics in History and Theory
ARCH  5755 Adv Design Lab
ARCH 5045 Light: Performance and Place

AEROFORM: Designing for wind and air movement. Routledge:  Taylor and Francis Publishing 2022 

Roofing materials for thermal performance and environmental integration of buildings in Materials for energy efficiency and thermal comfort in buildings. Chapter publication by invitation from Matthew Hall. Woodhead Publishing, Oxford, UK. pp. 455-483. 2010.

National Scholar Mentor, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One of only two awards presented in tandem with support for graduate student research – Raj Louisnathan. 2005.

Center of Excellence Award- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Accepted as Director of the Center for High Performance Learning Environments. 2004.

Certificate of Lecture Coursework Teaching Excellence Award, The College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech, 2007

Certificate of Teaching Excellence, The College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s highest teaching award, Virginia Tech. 2002.


Ph.D., M.Arch. and B.S.,  University of Michigan