Mehdi Jalayerian

Environmental Systems Design, Inc., Managing Director & Chief of Innovation | Chicago, United States


Mr. Mehdi Jalayerian is Managing Director & Chief of Innovation for ESD and also Leads firms practice for Global Projects and High Rise / Tall Buildings. Mehdi Jalayerian’s expertise includes major high-rise and supertall buildings, convention/hotel facilities, assembly venues, educational/government projects and central cooling/heating/electric plants. He creates high performance building systems solutions that produce economic, environmental, and experiential benefits for his clients, many of whom are the biggest names in the worlds of business, architecture, technology — and beyond. He embraces technological change and is at the forefront of developing High Performance and Intelligent Buildings.

Mr. Jalayerian holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas, is Registered Professional Engineer in 14 states and has over 36 years of…

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Working Group: MEP, Co-Chair (2018 – Present)

MEP Systems Committee, Chair (2018 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2012; Shanghai 2014; China 2016; Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Chicago 2019)


17 September 2014


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Supertall Buildings Infrastructure: Designing Vertical Cities

This presentation explores the methodology behind designing a supertall building where it concerns system configurations that support sustainable construction; the ways in which the design...


23 September 2020


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Post-Pandemic HVAC Systems Strategies For High-Rise Office Buildings

Mehdi Jalayerian, Tyler Jensen & Kenneth Griffin, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on building design and strategy will be as revolutionary as the rise of the first skyscraper. COVID-19 and potential...


31 January 2019


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Debating Tall: Tall and Utility-Neutral by 2029?

Kenneth Turner, CallisonRTKL; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design Inc.

It has long been argued that net-zero-energy skyscrapers are possible. The conversation is now moving beyond the theoretical, as several high-profile commitments have been made...