BiographyAltaf Engineer is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and a Researcher at the Institute on Place and Wellbeing at the University of Arizona, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was an Illinois Distinguished Fellow for three years. He is a licensed and registered architect in New York, USA and in India, and NCARB certified. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with a portfolio of a number of sustainable higher education buildings, institutional buildings, adaptive re-use, and residential projects.
Altaf received his Masters in Architecture from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was awarded the ARCC King’s Merit Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Behavior Research for his Master’s thesis titled Museum of light: An investigation into the quality of naturally illuminated Spaces. He received his Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Mumbai, India.
Altaf's scholarship, teaching and practice are informed by his interest in social, health and behavioral factors in design, with a special focus on daylighting and museum studies. He is a co-founder of Architects For Society, a non-profit design practice of allied professionals from the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and India formed in 2015 with a mission to serve disadvantaged communities through innovative architecture and design. Current projects of this group include the development of a housing prototype for displaced populations across the globe that has received international design awards and recognition, and a schematic design proposal for a Haitian School Without Borders STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) School.
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
M.Arch., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Research in health and the built environment, social and behavioral aspects of design, daylighting, tourism and museum studies, and a professional design portfolio of a number of sustainable higher education buildings, institutional buildings, adaptive re-use, and residential projects.
Art: Watercolors and oil painting, reading, and travel.