Altaf Engineer is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and University of Arizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing, and Performance (UA IPWP) - an interdisciplinary institute at the University of Arizona that links expertise of the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM), and the UA College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). He is Chair of the Master of Science in Architecture - Health and Built Environment Program (MS.Arch - HBE) at the School of Architecture.

Altaf holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was an Illinois Distinguished Fellow for three years and awarded the ARCC King’s Merit Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Behavior Research. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Mumbai, India. He is a registered architect in New York, USA and in India, and NCARB certified. He also is a LEED Accredited Professional with ten plus years of experience in sustainable higher education buildings, institutional buildings, adaptive re-use, and residential projects.
Altaf received the 2018 Emerging Legacy Award from the College of Fine & Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This award recognizes alumni and friends who have demonstrated courage, curiosity, and passion in their work and honors individuals who have impacted their fields in transformative ways—catalysts with a distinguished service to the arts. Altaf was nominated and selected after an internal review by a committee of representatives from across the University of Illinois FAA college, community, and administration.

Altaf’s scholarship, teaching and practice are informed by his interest in social, cultural, and behavioral factors in design with a special focus on daylighting, health and wellbeing. He is first author of the book Shedding New Light On Art Museum Additions: Front Stage and Back Stage Experiences published in 2018. He has taught undergraduate and graduate design studios as an Instructor at the University of Illinois and a seminar on daylighting as Faculty Associate at Arizona State University.
Altaf 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. The Hex House, a housing prototype for displaced populations around the globe developed by the group, has received the German Design Council Iconic Award 2016 and American Architecture Prize 2016, Bronze medal in Architectural Design/Social Housing Category.

Check out his book:
Shedding New Light On Art Museum Additions: Front Stage and Back Stage Experiences:



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