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“Global energy for cooling will exceed energy for heating by 2060. More efficient versions of the same buildings won’t buck this trend: We need to figure out how to unplug buildings from HVAC infrastructure.” – Salmaan Craig, Lecturer in Environmental Technology, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, USA.
Salmaan Craig is Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at McGill University in Montréal, Canada.
Last updated: March 17, 2020 Montreal, Canada
Salmaan Craig is Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at McGill University in Montréal, Canada (2017–).
He teaches young architects how, by the composition of simple materials, they can better orchestrate the thermal currents that flow through buildings. He also pursues research in architectural technology, materials science, thermal engineering and climate change adaptation.
He was a Lecturer in Environmental Technology at the Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University (2012-17) and a Research Associate in the Harvard Center for Green Buildings & Cities (2014-17) in Cambridge, MA, USA.
Salmaan Craig studied a B.SC in Product Design (2004) and completed a PhD in Engineering, Environmental Technology (2008) at Brunel University, London, United Kingdom.
He was a Research Engineer at Buro Happold (2004-08) where he tested a biologically-inspired material for protecting buildings from solar and ambient heat, while allowing them to cool through radiation to the sky and outer space. He continued at Buro Happold as a Façade Engineer (2008-10), specializing in the design of material systems in extreme climates, such as the perforated, multilayer dome of the Louvre Abu Dhabi (pictured).
He then moved to the specialist modeling group at Foster + Partners (2010-13), continuing to develop his research interests in the context of a number of high-profile building projects, such as the Masdar Institute, Apple Campus, and Bloomberg Place.
His portfolio of independent consulting activities has extended beyond architecture to include the design of shoes for improved thermoregulation.
Salmaan Craig was a workshop expert on the technical at the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.