Salmaan Craig

Assistant Professor
Eng.D, Environmental Technology (Brunel University, UK)
B.Sc, Product Design (Brunel University, UK)

Macdonald-Harrington Building
Room 215C
Tel.: (514) 398-6707
salmaan.craig [at] (Email)

Teaching 2018

ARCH 406 Design & Construction 4, Winter 2018


I study how to disinvent air-conditioning units and the lousy buildings they enable, with the aim of limiting future carbon emissions in mid-latitude and tropical regions, where most people are, most people will be, and most people will enter the middle class.  My research involves using principles of turbine blade design to develop new building materials, conducting natural ventilation experiments in real buildings, making ice in the desert by dumping heat into outer space, learning about the architecture of termite mounds, and understanding the peculiarities of thermal sensation. (These things sound very technical, and they are, but they cannot be isolated from fundamental issues in architecture, such as the organization of patterns of living and working, which is why I consider myself, first and foremost, a designer.)

Before joining McGill, I was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where I taught seminars on natural ventilation and the design of innovative envelope systems for the thermoregulation of buildings. For my last course at the GSD, I worked with Joanna Aizenberg, teaming design students with scientists from the Wyss Institute to invent new adaptive materials.

Before the GSD, I worked in the Specialist Modeling Group at Foster + Partners on projects such as the chilled ceilings for Bloomberg Headquarters in London and Apple Campus in Cupertino and testing the innovative facades and wind tower at the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi. Before that, I was a Facade Engineer at Buro Happold, where I spent most of my time working on the dome of the Abu Dhabi Louvre. 

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