Jonathan Bean is Assistant Professor of Architecture, Sustainable Built Environments, and Marketing and chair of the Sustainable Market Transformation program at the University of Arizona. He was the faculty lead for the University of Arizona's team in the 2018 Race to Zero Student Design Competition. The team’s design for a six-unit townhouse building in Tucson, Arizona showed the viability of achieving zero net energy in a hot, arid climate using conventional techniques and readily available materials.
Bean’s academic research spans the fields of design and marketing, where he is known for his work on taste regimes. He is the Scholarship Coordinator for the Society of Building Science Educators and a CPHC® (Certified Passive House Consultant). His TEDx talk "Demand Less" explains the transformative potential of passive building.