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Isaac A. Meir

Isaac A. Meir


Architect
Country: Israel

Bio

Isaac A. Meir was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1957. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he was awarded B.Arch.T.Pl. (1981) and M.Sc. (1984) degrees, and taught (1982-1984). He holds Ph.D. degree from the Archaeology Division, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU),focusing on Building Technology in the Negev in the Byzantine Period (4-7c.CE) and its Adaptation to the Desert Environment. He joined the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BGU) in 1986. He is Associate Professor and has been Chair, Desert Architecture & Urban Planning, and Dept. of Man in the Desert (2005-2010).He has published over a hundred papers, reports, chapters in books, books on appropriate design for arid regions, as author, co-author or co-editor, in English and Hebrew, Spanish, Chinese and Serbo-Croat. He lectures extensively in Israel and abroad, and has been Visiting Lecturer, Environment & Energy Studies, AASA, London (1992); Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University (2000-1). He has participated in the design of environmentally conscious and experimental projects, including private and public buildings and clusters in the Negev and the Arava deserts, and serves as a consultant to various institutions, among them the Israel Ministry of Construction and Housing, the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructures, the Israel Land Administration, and the Standards Institute of Israel. He was invited to participate at the EQUINOX 2000/THERMIE exhibition (RIBA/Westminster University, 2000). He is recipient of the Sheba Award of the Ben-Gurion Fund – for Desert Architecture (1988) and for Excelling Scientist (2006), and the Dori Award for Technology (1992). In recent years he has advised and contributed to radio programs (such as BBC’s “Life on the Edge”, 1999) and television documentaries (such as Geo/Arte’s “Mysteries of the Desert”, 2000).Current research interests include sustainable, environment conscious design in arid zones; Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) and Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) in office buildings; the microclimate of open spaces; evolution and adaptation of building technology and types, with special focus on the vernacular and low-cost low-tech retrofit; urbanization among the Bedouin of Israel; proactive contingency planning; and alternative information dissemination and education. Within this framework he has been involved in a number of initiatives, among them acting as Provisional Head of the Energy and Environment Work Group, Association of United Architects in Israel (2000); member of the Professional Experts Committee and the Board of Directors – Sustainable Development for the Negev (Registered Association), Israel; member of international, steering and scientific committees of conferences such as TIA 2000, POE-Windsor 2004, IA2005; HB2006; PALENC2007 and 2010; DDDC 2006, 2008 and 2010; ECOWEEK 2011. He was invited as an expert to the Med-ENEC EU Workshop held in Tunis in Dec.2006; external assessor, Hellenic Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Hellenic Republic (2008); and an expert on the Green Label Directorate and technical committees of Israeli Standards for green buildings, and environmental quality in buildings (since 2005).


:: Photo information and credits:

1 > Ramot Neighborhood / 1000Residential Units and assorted facilities in Beer Sheva, Negev, Israel / AerialView from SW-DetailDec21 demonstrating solar rights in desne urban fabric.
Photo courtesy © Isaac A. Meir

2 > Ramot Neighborhood / 1000Residential Units and assorted facilities in Beer Sheva, Negev, Israel / AerialView froRamot Neighborhood / 1000Residential Units and assorted facilities in Beer Sheva, Negev, Israel / illustration
Photo courtesy ©
Isaac A. Meir

3 > Meir House South facade-Newe Zin Solar Neighborhood-Sede Boqer Campus-Negev Highlands-Israel
Photo courtesy ©
Isaac A. Meir

4 > Blaustein Institutes For Desert Research-Administration Building patio with evaporative cooling tower-Sede Boqer Campus-Negev Highlands-Israel
Photo courtesy ©
Isaac A. Meir

5 > Blaustein Institutes For Desert Research-Administration Building-Sede Boqer Campus-Negev Highlands-Israel
Photo courtesy © Wolfgang Motzafi-Haller

6 > Kibbutz Samar earth integrated Library- Arava-Israel
Photo courtesy © Isaac A. Meir

> Profile Photo © Wolfgang Motzafi-Haller