Assistant Professor of Architecture
Faculty Advisor, MS Arch Health and Built Environment concentration
Smith House, 1195 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson AZ 85719
Areas of Expertise
- Health and wellbeing in the built environment
- Social and behavioral issues
- Indoor air quality
PhD in Architecture, University of Illnois at Urban-Champaign
M Arch, PhD in Architecture, University of Illnois at Urban-Champaign
B Arch, University of Mumbai, India
Altaf Engineer is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and University of Arizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing & Performance (UA IPWP), an interdisciplinary institute at the University of Arizona that links expertise of the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM) and the UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). He is Faculty Advisor of the Master of Science in Architecture Health and Built Environment concentration (MS Arch HBE).
Altaf holds a PhD 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 a LEED Accredited Professional with 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 and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This peer-reviewed 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’s scholarship, teaching and practice are informed by his interest in health and wellbeing in the built environment with a special focus on daylighting, social and behavioral issues in design, and indoor air quality. He is first author of the book Shedding New Light On Art Museum Additions: Front Stage and Back Stage Experiences published in 2018 and a number of peer-reviewed publications on health and the built environment. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses which include Building Technology, Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment, Social and Behavioral Issues in the Built Environment, and Daylighting, Health & Behavior.
Altaf is a cofounder of Architects For Society, a nonprofit 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.