Salmaan is a designer, educator, consultant and occasional writer, who specializes in materials design and building physics. He studied product design before undertaking a doctorate in environmental technology hosted by Brunel University and Buro Happold consulting engineers. During this time he designed and tested a biologically inspired material for protecting buildings from solar and ambient heat, while allowing them to cool through radiation to outer space.
After completing his doctorate, Salmaan continued at Buro Happold as a Facade Engineer, specializing in the design of material systems in extreme climates, such as the perforated, multilayer dome of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. He then moved to the Specialist Modeling Group at Foster+Partners, continuing to develop his research interests in the context of a number of high profile building projects, such as the
Masdar Institute, Apple Campus, and Bloomberg Place.
Now at Harvard University, Salmaan splits his time between the Graduate School of Design—where he lectures on energy and materials in architecture—and the Center for Green Buildings and Cities. He is working on how to design thermally autonomous buildings for the next billion people, using ‘smart geometry’ and ‘dumb materials’, and the internet to share and develop the results (you can follow and contribute to the fledgling activity on PubPub). He also practices as a independent consultant, and his clients include Timberland, Ábalos & Sentkiewicz Arquitectos, and Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (EDU) of Medellín.