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Jenn McArthur

Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, Project Management
BASc, MASc, PEng
416-979-5000 ext. 554082

Areas of Specialization

Building information modeling

Facility management

Occupant wellness and productivity

Existing building simulation

Smart building systems

Portfolio retrofit optimization

Sustainable building design

Agile project management in architecture & engineering practice


Year University Degree
2023 University of Edinburgh Business School Ph.D. (Management)
2003 University of Waterloo MASc
2003 University of Waterloo Certificate in University Teaching
2001 University of Waterloo BASc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
ASC 522 Project Economics
PMT 822 Procurement & Construction Management
ASC 520, ASC 620 Integration Studio


Jenn McArthur is a prominent building scientist, mechanical engineer, and consultant in Canada. As a subject matter expert in smart technologies, sustainability, and real estate, McArthur is passionate about decarbonizing existing buildings and rethinking energy consumption.

With two decades of industry experience and a Ph.D. in Management, McArthur brings a practical perspective to research. She actively collaborates with government, enterprises, start-ups, academics, and students to develop new solutions and policies that result in future-friendly buildings. One of the recent highlights for McArthur was serving on the advisory board for the City of Toronto to inform its Net Zero by 2040 strategy. “When I saw that work come to fruition, I felt a great sense of professional pride,” she says.  

As an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for the Masters of Project Management in the Built Environment, McArthur seeks to instill that same pride in her students. McArthur says, “Watching my grad students get excited about the research results and see the kind of impact they can make, there's nothing in the world better than that.”

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Jenn McArthur

"I take developments from big data, cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence to help us operate healthier and more sustainable buildings."

  • Quinn, C., Shabestari, A.Z., Misic, T., Gilani, S., Litoiu, M. and McArthur, J.J., 2020. Building automation system-BIM integration using a linked data structure. Automation in Construction, 118, p.103257.
  • Shohet, R., Kandil, M.S., Wang, Y. and McArthur, J.J., 2020. Fault detection for non-condensing boilers using simulated building automation system sensor data. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 46, p.101176.
  • McArthur, J.J. and Powell, C., 2020. Health and wellness in commercial buildings: Systematic review of sustainable building rating systems and alignment with contemporary research. Building and Environment, 171, p.106635.
  • Bortoluzzi, B., Efremov, I., Medina, C., Sobieraj, D. and McArthur, J.J., 2019. Automating the creation of building information models for existing buildings. Automation in Construction, 105, p.102838.
  • McArthur, J.J., Shahbazi, N., Fok, R., Raghubar, C., Bortoluzzi, B. and An, A., 2018. Machine learning and BIM visualization for maintenance issue classification and enhanced data collection. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 38, pp.101-112. 
  • Smart Building Analytics Living Lab
  • Building Information Research Group
  • Director, Canada Green Building Council (GTA Chapter)
  • Technology Director, Board, Subtle Technologies
  • Editorial Board, Intelligent Buildings International
  • Jennifer McArthur BIM and Existing Building Consulting (2016-present)