Lecture Recap and Video: Altaf Engineer on Synergies between Research, Practice and Education in Health and the Built Environment

March 11, 2021

In this talk, CAPLA Assistant Professor of Architecture Altaf Engineer examines the transformational impact of health-related design research on real-world outcomes, architectural practice and education. He presents some of his completed and ongoing research projects related to COVID-19 design, human performance, indoor air quality and daylighting. And he discusses how this work creates new synergies between research, practice and education.

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About Altaf Engineer

In addition to his role at CAPLA, Altaf Engineer PhD is a member of the Institute on Place, Wellbeing and Performance. He is faculty advisor of the Master of Science in Architecture Health and Built Environment concentration. He 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. Altaf also received the Emerging Legacy Award from the University of Illinois in 2018. Engineer is a registered architect in New York and a LEED-accredited professional with experience in sustainable higher education buildings, institutional buildings, adaptive re-use and residential projects. His scholarship is informed by his interest in health and the built environment with a special focus on daylighting and social and behavioral factors in design. He is first author of the book Shedding New Light on Art Museum Additions: Front Stage and Back Stage Experiences and has numerous peer-reviewed publications on issues related to design and health. He is a cofounder of Architects For Society, a nonprofit design practice of allied design professionals across the globe formed in 2015 which developed the Hex House, an award-winning housing prototype for displaced populations in 2016.


Altaf Engineer, Assistant Professor of Architecture


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January 22, 2021