Salmaan Craig is an Associate at Foster + Partners and a visiting lecturer in Environmental Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was born and raised in London and took his bachelor’s degree in Product Design at Brunel University. In 2004 he joined the engineering consultancy Buro Happold on the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) program in Environmental Technology, co-hosted by Brunel University and Surrey University. During this time he developed and tested a novel material structure that can be used to protect buildings from solar and ambient heat, while allowing it to cool at night through atmospheric re-radiation into space.
Salmaan has managed to develop his research interests within the context of a number of high profile construction projects. After completing his doctorate, he joined the Façade Engineering group at Buro Happold, working on projects where the thermal behaviour of material systems had a significant impact on design. For the Abu Dhabi Louvre he spent a week in the desert testing materials for the dome cladding, demonstrating how subtle surface properties could have dramatic consequences for the microclimate in and around the dome.
In 2010 he joined the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partners, a company renowned for placing technological integration at the forefront of their design thinking. Highlights have included a trip to the Masdar Institute to test the performance of façade systems in situ, and the design and testing of chilled ceiling solutions for a high profile client in the US. He is now working on the design of an innovative chilled ceiling for a unique office building in London, for which the choice of geometry and materials is sculpted by the understanding of how cool air ‘wants’ to flow.