J. Alstan Jakubiec

Assistant Professor

Email: wbua_wnxhovrp@fhgq.rqh.ft
Telephone: +65 6499 4530
Research Interests:
Architecture and Sustainable Design and Practice, Computation Pertaining to the Description, Generation, and, Construction of Architecture and Urban Environments, Design Performance and Architectural Operations Research

Pillar / Cluster: Architecture and Sustainable Design


Alstan Jakubiec is an Assistant Professor at SUTD holding a PhD in Building Technology from MIT. He also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architectural design from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania respectively. Before arriving at SUTD, Alstan taught courses in daylighting and sustainable design at the Harvard University Executive Education Program and at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Alstan’s research investigates natural daylighting, designing comfortable buildings, energy efficiency, and urban sustainability metrics. He is developing a framework for analyzing visual comfort conditions during the design process in order to avoid comfort problems that often undermine passive design strategies and satisfaction with the built environment. He also was a lead researcher involved with MIT’s Umi tool, a design environment for modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities regarding operational energy use, walkability and daylighting potential.

As a board member of two companies, Solemma and Mapdwell, he works to bring the fruits of research on architectural and urban sustainability to designers and consumers. At Solemma, Alstan is the lead developer of DIVA, a highly optimized daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for Rhinoceros 3D. At Mapdwell, he creates urban maps of photovoltaic energy generation potential using GIS and simulation technologies in order to encourage the consumption of renewable resources.


– PhD in Building Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
– Master of Architecture (MArch), University of Pennsylvania, 2010
– Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSArch), Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008

Research Interest

  • Daylighting
  • Visual Comfort and Environmental Controls
  • Energy
  • Urban Sustainability


  • Martin Family Fellowship for Sustainability at MIT, 2013.
  • Georgia Tech Solar Decathlon: Design and Construction leader. Placed sixth place overall and fourth place in architecture in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon international competition, 2007.

Selected Publications

  • J.A. Jakubiec, C.F. Reinhart, “Assessing disability glare potential due to reflections from new constructions: Case study analysis and recommendations for the future.” Accepted for publication in the Transportation Research Record, 2014.
  • J.A. Jakubiec, C.F. Reinhart, “A method for predicting city-wide electric production from photovoltaic panels based on LiDAR and GIS data combined with hourly Daysim simulations.” Solar Energy, vol. 93 (C): 127-43, 2013.
  • J.A. Jakubiec, C.F. Reinhart, “Predicting visual satisfaction in a large daylit space based on long-term occupant evaluations.” Proceedings of Building Simulation 2013, Chambéry.
  • C.F. Reinhart, T. Dogan, J.A. Jakubiec, T. Rakha and A. Sang, “Umi – an urban simulation environment for building energy use, daylighting and walkability.” Proceedings of Building Simulation 2013, Chambéry.
  • J.A. Jakubiec, C.F. Reinhart, “The ‘adaptive zone’ – A concept for assessing discomfort glare throughout daylit spaces.” Lighting Research & Technology. Lighting Research and Technology, vol. 44 (2): 149-70, 2012. Originally published online October, 2011.
  • J.A. Jakubiec, C.F. Reinhart, “DIVA 2.0: integrating daylight and thermal simulations using Rhinoceros 3D, DAYSIM and EnergyPlus.” Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011, Sydney.
  • A. Bakshi, J.A. Jakubiec, “A simple cost-benefit estimation for daylighting design and analysis during the design process.” Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011, Sydney.