Graduate Architecture

Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki

PhD Candidate

Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a specialization in architectural history and theory in 2013. He continued to practice as an architect in training at John DeSalvo Design architects before attending the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design where he completed his Master of Science in Historic Preservation and Master of Environmental Building Design degrees with honors in 2016.

His focus during his time at Penn was building & environmental diagnostics, simulation, and embedded systems for building monitoring. Evan supplemented his academic work as a graduate research assistant investigating, simulating, and visualizing environmental behavior at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello with Professor Michael Henry, as well as designing and implementing a climate-based risk assessment and monitoring protocol for the adobe ruins at Fort Union National Monument, NM with Professor Frank Matero.

These interests and experiences directly influenced his graduate thesis, Recapturing the Breeze: Computational Simulation of Natural Ventilation in a Raised Creole Cottage which focuses on the application of state-of-the-art means and methods, including energy and computational fluid dynamic simulation, to historic structures to better understand and visualize their capability to maintain thermal comfort prior to the advent of modern mechanical systems.

Evan has continued to pursue his interests following graduation as a research associate at the Center for Environmental Building Design and Architectural Conservation Lab at Weitzman School. He continues his work implementing his research at Fort Union; studying the regional embodied energy and resource flows for the nine county Delaware River Valley region; developing an energy management protocol for the Penn campus; developing the application of passive embedded moisture monitoring for earthen architecture using RFID technology; and most recently, developing a monitoring and analysis protocol to characterize the thermal behavior of traditional Mongolian ger to identify opportunities to improve their comfort and energy performance.