His PhD research explores the effect of building facades on outdoor microclimate. He has a trans-disciplinary Master of Sustainability degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
He has practiced as a professional architect on commercial and domestic projects in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Hong Kong and London, directing his own practice for over twelve years in Sydney, Australia.
Over the last three years at UNSW, Jonathan has participated in numerous research projects and teaching roles in high-performance architecture (lighting, ventilation and thermal comfort), sustainability (planning and urbanism) and the urban heat island effect (climate-sensitive building design). He has spoken at conferences in Venice, Hong Kong and Sydney and has appeared in several online and print media articles published in Australia on outdoor thermal comfort and the heat island effect.
Jonathan is a current reviewer for the Elsevier journals Energy and Buildings and Urban Climate.