Salmaan Craig

Assistant Professor
Salmaan Craig
Contact Information
Email address: 
salmaan.craig [at]
Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room 215C

B.Sc., Eng.D.(Brunel)

Research areas: 
Materials design
Sustainable design
Naturally ventilated buildings

Salmaan Craig (B.Sc., Eng.D.) is an Assistant Professor at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. He researches how to turn biogenic building materials into heat-exchangers. This way, buildings could better harness ambient energy while locking-away carbon for centuries ahead. Before McGill, Salmaan was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He taught seminars on energy and materials. One course was on adaptive and hybrid materials with Joanna Aizenberg of the Wyss Institute. Salmaan also spent several years in the industry: first at Buro Happold, then at Foster + Partners. For Bloomberg's new headquarters in London, he co-developed the integrated ceiling, so the radiant cooling worked in tandem with buoyancy ventilation. He also worked on Apple's new headquarters, the Masdar Institute, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.


Selected publications: 

S. Craig, A. Halepaska, K. Ferguson, P. Rains, J. Elbrecht, A. Freear, D. Kennedy, K. Moe (2021). The Design of Mass Timber Panels as Heat-Exchangers (Dynamic Insulation). Frontiers in Built Environment, 6: 606258

J. Grinham, S. Craig, D. Ingber, M. Bechthold (2020). Origami microfluidics for radiant cooling with small temperature differences in buildings. Applied Energy, 277: 115610. []

S. Craig (2019). The optimal tuning, within carbon limits, of thermal mass in naturally ventilated buildings. Building and Environment, 165: 106373. []

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. []

Funded research projects

S. Craig, B. Côte, K. Moe, M. Jemtrud (2021-2024). Buildings as a Global Carbon Sink. CleanTech for Climate Action: MSSI’s 5th Research Theme. The McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI). 


The Craig Research Group Dataverse []

R. Fortin and S. Craig (2020). Synchronizing thermal mass with buoyancy ventilation. Grasshopper Definition. Food4Rhino. []

S. Craig and R. Fortin (2020). Design of mass timber panels as heat exchangers. Wolfram Demonstrations Project. []

S. Craig and R. Fortin (2020). How to design a building so it works like a termite mound. Wolfram Demonstrations Project. []

S. Craig (2020). Buoyancy ventilation in multi-story buildings. Wolfram Demonstrations Project.

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. []


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