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 2018/19

ARCH 377 - Energy, Environment&Buildings
ARCH 540 - Sel Topics in Architecture 1
ARCH 672 - Architectural Design 1


Salmaan Craig (B.Sc., Eng.D.) is an Assistant Professor at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. His research involves using the principles of heat-exchanger design to develop new building materials that integrate many functions. With an emphasis on "smart geometry, dumb materials," it might be possible to build buildings using only one or another local material and no mechanical ventilation. Monomaterial buildings would make lifecycle carbon accounting more tractable, and net sequestration more viable when the chosen building material is timber.

Before McGill, he was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he taught seminars on natural ventilation and the design of innovative envelope systems for the thermoregulation of buildings, and where he also co-taught a seminar on material innovation with the world-renowned materials scientist Joanna Aizenberg. Before that, he worked at Foster + Partners, where he contributed to three building projects which have gained international recognition for their integration of low-energy technologies: Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in London, Apple’s Headquarters in Cupertino, and the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi. Before working at Foster + Partners, he was a Facade Engineer at Buro Happold, where he spent most of his time working on the dome of the Abu Dhabi Louvre.


Selected articles (peer review)

S. Craig and J. Grinham (2017). Breathing walls: The design of porous materials for heat exchange and decentralized ventilation. Energy and Buildings, 149: 246–259. []



J. Grinham, M. Bechthold, S. Craig, D. Ingber (2019). Radiant cooling devices and methods of forming the same, WO2019014240A1. []

S. Craig, (2017). Could the future of air-conditioning be found inside termite mounds? Massive Science [] and Pacific Standard []

G. Betti, S. Craig, et al. (2016). Integrated panel, WO2016079499A1. []