School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Professor Jonathan Wright BTech PhD CEng MCIBSE MIMechE MASHRAE

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Professor of Building Optimization

Group Leader: Building Energy Research

Educated at Loughborough University of Technology. Joined Liverpool University as a Lecturer in 1987. Returned to Loughborough University in 1991 and was promoted to Professor in 2007.

Broad interests and expertise

  • The application of Evolutionary Algorithms in the model-based optimum design and control of buildings.

Professional affiliations

  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers


Previous research projects

  • The automatic synthesis of optimum HVAC System configurations for minimum energy use (funded by ASHRAE).
  • The simultaneous optimization of building fabric construction, HVAC system capacity, and the HVAC system supervisory control strategy (funded by the EPSRC).
  • The multi-criterion optimum design of buildings (funded by the EPSRC).
  • First principle model-based fault detection and diagnosis of HVAC system operation (funded by ASHRAE).
  • Model-based commissioning of HVAC systems (PhD studentship).
  • Uncertainty analysis of a HVAC sub-system (PhD studentship).
  • Model-based optimum superviroy control of fabric-thermal stroage systems (PhD studentship).
  • Modelling and optimum control of a sub-dewpoint chilled beam system (PhD studentship).


  • Editorial Board member of Building and Environment
  • Editorial Board member of the Journal of Building Performance Simulation