- 1981 . . . Bachelor of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)
- 1984 . . . Master of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)
- 2002 . . . Ph.D. in Archaeology Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Archaeology.
Topics related to appropriate design for desert regions, including:
- Sustainable/green architecture in arid zones with special focus on energy and other resources conservation.
- Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) and Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ).
- Integration and uptake of green technologies.
- 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.
- Alternative information dissemination and education.
Professional activities and distinctions
1986-present Faculty member, Desert Architecture and Urban Planning, Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University, Israel. 1992 Visiting Lecturer, Environment & Energy Studies, AASA, London. 2000-1 Visiting Professor, School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University. 2008 External Assessor, Dept. of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace - HQAA - Hellenic Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Hellenic Republic. 2010-11 Honorary Visiting Professor, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 2012 Coordinator - Team of Experts, Programme of Master in Energy, Frederick University – Evaluation Committee of Private Universities, Republic of Cyprus.
- 2010-11 - Organizing Committee, Public Open Spaces in the Sustainable City: Livability, Environmental Impacts and Economical Aspects. Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation, BGU and Technion, Dec.19-21, Sede Boqer Campus.
- 2010-11 - Academic advisor and organizer of the ECOWEEK 2011 panel discussions, ECOWEEK 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece (March 28-Apr.3); Athens, Greece (Dec.12-18).
- 2010-11 - Technical Committee, "Architecture and Sustainable Development", 27th PLEA International Conference. Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Louvain la Neuve, Belgium.
- 2009-11 - Steering Committee, 3nd Int. Conf. Drylands, Deserts and Desertification, UNESCO-UNCCD/BGU-BIDR.
- 2010 - Reviewer, 1st Int. Graduate Research Symposium, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (October 15-16, 2010).
- 2009-10 - Scientific Committee, "Cooling the Cities - The absolute Priority". 3rd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment (PALENC 2010)/5th European Conference on Energy Performance and Indoor Climate in Buildings (EPIC 2010)/1st Cool Roofs Conference, Sept.29 - Oct.1, Rhodes Island, Greece.
- 2009-10 - Organizing Committee, 2010 Conference of the Israeli Society for Ecology and Environmental Quality (June 21-22).
- 2008 - Academic Coordinator, Conference - Green Architecture and Sustainable Design: Concepts, Strategies, Standards. Environmental Unit, Ministry of Environmental Protection /BGU-BIDR.
- 2007-8 - Organizing Committee, Conference - Environment, Water, Energy Conference. BGU.
- 2007 - Organizing Committee, Conference - Promoting energy conservation awareness in the local authorities, Symposium. Heinrich Boell Foundation, Towns Association for Environmental Quality Agan Bet Netufa, Sakhnin, Dec.6, 2007.
- 2007 - Standards Institution of Israel (SII) and Israeli Association for the Initiation of Sustainable Building Environment (IAISBE): Experts Committee, Pilot project - IS 5281 Buildings with Reduced Environmental Impact (Green Buildings).
- 2007-current - Member of Green Label Directorate, Standards Institute of Israel (SII).
- 2007-current - Member of Standards Committee 128 Environmental Quality in Buildings, SII.
- 2007-current - Member of Israeli Association for the Initiation of Sustainable Building Environment (IAISBE)
- Served as Head of the Negev Design and Construction Workshop (1988-1992).
- Organized interdisciplinary team for the Sustainable Community Solutions international competition initiated by the AIA & IUA (1992-1993)
- Served on technical committee for 11th PLEA International Conference, Dead Sea, Israel (1994)
- Served on organizing committee for meeting on Sustainability through Climatically Responsive Low Energy Architecture, Delhi, India (1995).
- Served on advisory committee of Science-Technology-Society (STS) Project for Alternative Educational Methods, initiated by the Israel Ministry of Education and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
- Served on various planning and consulting teams initiated by institutions such as the Israel Ministry of Construction and Housing.
- Served as Head of Energy and Environment Work Group, Association of United Architects in Israel (1999-2000).
- Is a member of the Professional Experts Committee and the Board of Directors - Sustainable Development for the Negev (Registered Association), Israel, from 1999.
- Exhibited the design of a bioclimatic house built in the Neve-Zin solar neighborhood at the EQUINOX 2000/THERMIE exhibition (RIBA/Westminster University, 2000).
- Registered architect in Israel.
- Reviewer for scientific journals: Building & Environment, Energy & Buildings, JGR - Atmospheres, Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Solar Energy, Sustainability
Distinctions and Awards
- Architecture of Israel - Award for Research (with D. Pearlmutter, E. Erell, Y. Etzion, Y. Rofe - 2011).
- Haim Sheba Award for Excelling Scientists (2006).
- Albert Katz School for Desert Studies, BIDR - Best Specialization Course (with H.J. Bruins - 2001-2).
- Best Tutor - School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK (2000-2001).
- PLEA International - Best Paper Award (with Y. Etzion, B. Portnov, E. Erell and D. Pearlmutter - 2000).
- BGU Faculty of Humanities - Dean's Award for Excellence (Building Technology in the Negev in the Byzantine Period (4-7 c. CE) and its Adaptation to the Desert Environment) (1992-3).
- Dori Award for Technology (jointly with Y. Etzion and D. Faiman -1992).
- Haim Sheba Prize for outstanding contributions to Desert Architecture, awarded by the David and Paula Ben-Gurion Fund (jointly with E. Erell and D. Pearlmutter - 1988).
Research students (current and recently graduated - dates in parentheses indicate estimated completion)
- A. Chyldes McBride (2013) M.A., AKIS, BIDR, BGU. Topic: Climatic Instability, Disasters and Appropriate Solutions for Environmental Refugees.
- A. Inbar (2012) Ph.D., Kreitman, BGU. Topic: Transformative Technologies: Technological Knowledge and the Potential for Impacting Social Change. (with P. Motzafi-Haller and Y. Garb)
- N. Huberman-Meraiot (2012) Ph.D., Kreitman, BGU. Topic: Energy efficient structural form: Analysis and applications for desert and seismic areas. (with D. Pearlmutter and E. Gal)
- A. Kessler (2011) M.A., Dept. of Geography and Environmental Development, BGU. Topic: Could there be a Green Future for Gray Buildings?
- H. Gabay (2010) M.A., Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel-Aviv University (TAU). Topic: Green Construction of Public Buildings: Analysis of Long Term Externalities Versus Savings in Green Public Construction in Israel. (with Elia Wertzberger)
- A. Cicelsky (2010) M.Sc., AKIS, BGU, BIDR. Topic: Parametric analysis of environmentally responsive (energy conserving) strategies for building envelopes specific for the Southern Arava Valley.
- J.Y. Golding (2009) M.A. Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies (AKIS). Topic: Assessing the energy efficiency of straw-bale domes in kibbutz Lotan, Arava.
- B. Cohen (2010) MA, AKIS, BGU, BIDR. Topic: Desert Architecture - Midreshet Sde-Boker as a Case Study.
Co-authored Energy Aspects of Design in Arid Zones, a design manual prepared for the Israel Ministry of Energy (with Y. Etzion and D. Faiman), and Design Manual for Bio-Climatic Construction in Israel (with D. Pearlmutter, E. Erell, Y. Etzion and Y. Rofe, 2010, which was funded by the Israel Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and is the first such e-book, available online. Co-edited Architecture of the Extremes, Proceedings of the PLEA '94 Conference (with Y. Etzion, E.Erell and D. Pearlmutter) and the subsequent Special Issue of Energy & Buildings (Vol.23, No.3, with E.Erell, Y.Etzion, D.Pearlmutter and J.Cook); edited the Proceedings of the conference on Planning and Construction in the Dead Sea Region - Challenges and Design Strategies, and has published widely in Israel and abroad.
Refereed articles and refereed letters in scientific journals:
Refereed papers in collective volumes/conference proceedings:
- Tang R., Y. Etzion, I. A. Meir. (2004. Estimates of clear night sky emissivity in Negev Highlands, Israel. Energy Conversion and Management, 45(11-12) :1831-1843.
- Freidin C., I. A. Meir. (2004) Byzantine mortars of the Negev Desert. Construction and Building Materials, 19(1) :19-23.
- Meir, I. A., C. Freidin, I. Gilead. (2005) Analysis of Byzantine mortars from the Negev Desert, Israel, and subsequent environmental and economic implications. J of Archaeological Research, 32(5) :767-773.
- Tang, R., I.A. Meir, T. Wu. (2005) Thermal performance of non air-conditioned buildings with vaulted roofs in comparison with flat roofs. Building and Environment, 41(3) :268-276.
- Meir, I. A. 2006. Climatic adaptation of historical and vernacular buildings: A comprehensive model toward an in-depth investigation of a research hypothesis. (in Hebrew) Merhavim 6: 145-160.
- Portnov B.A., I. A. Meir. (2007) Urban Water Consumption in Israel: Convergence or Divergence? Environmental Science and Policy, 11(4): 347-358.
- Meir, I.A., Y. Garb, Dixin Jiao, A. Cicelsky (2009) Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE): An inevitable step toward sustainability. Advances in Building Energy Research 3(1): 189-220. Invited paper.
- Meir, I.A., D. Pearlmutter (2010) Building for climate change: Planning and design considerations in time of climatic uncertainty. Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology. 45(1): 70-75 (invited paper).
- Meir, I.A., I. Stavi (2011) Evolution of spontaneous shelter and settlements of the Negev Bedouin. Journal of Nomadic Peoples 15(2): 33-52.
- Sztankeler, V., I.A. Meir, M. Schwartz (2011) Physical development in an ecologically sensitive area. The planning of the Dead Sea Region. Geography Research Forum (in press).
- I.A. Meir, W. Motzafi-Haller, E.L. Krueger, L. Morhayim, S. Fundaminsky, L. Oshry-Frenkel (2007) Towards a comprehensive methodology for Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE): A hot dry climate case study. In M. Santamouris, P. Wouters (eds) Building Low Energy Cooling and Advanced Ventilation in the 21st Century. Proc. 2nd PALENC and 28th AIVC Conf., Crete, II: 644-653 (Keynote Presentation).
- L. Morhayim, I. Meir (2008) Survey of an office and laboratory university building - An unhealthy building case study. Proceedings of Indoor Air 2008, Copenhagen, Paper ID: 933 (electronic version only).
- Meir I.A., J.Y. Golding (2010). The unbearable lightness of "The Paradigm": On energy waste and discomfort in a hot arid climate. Proceedings of the 6th Windsor Conference 2010, Adapting to Change: New Thinking on Comfort. Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings (NCEUB), Cumberland Lodge Conf.Cent., Windsor, UK, Apr.9-11, 2010.
- I.A. Meir, J.Y. Golding (2010) Green or gray? Implications of green lip service in a hot dry climate. "Cooling the Cities - The absolute Priority": 3rd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment (PALENC 2010)/5th European Conference on Energy Performance and Indoor Climate in Buildings (EPIC 2010)/1st Cool Roofs Conference, Sept.29 – Oct.1, Rhodes Island, Greece.12p. (electronic version only) (keynote presentation).
- Meir, I.A., B. Cohen (2011) Building in the desert. On planning and construction on the Sede Boqer Campus. In: Gradus, Y., I. Nevo (eds) The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and its history through the looking glass of research. Submitted June 2011, (invited paper).
Has participated in numerous innovative design projects including:
- The Blaustein International Center for Desert Studies building at the Sede-Boqer Campus
- The Neve-Zin Solar neighborhood adjacent to the Sede-Boqer Campus
- The JNF-GADNA youth village in Beer-Ora
- 1000-unit residential master plan – Ramot neighborhood, Beer Sheva, Israel Ministry of Construction and Housing
In recent years, has headed a number of multi-disciplinary teams working on inter-disciplinary projects, among them:
- 2004-2010 - Design Manual for Bio-Climatic Construction. Israel Ministry of National Infrastructures.
- 2005-2010 - Master plan for 1000 housing units and assorted facilities. Israel Ministry of Construction and Housing.
- 2007-2009 - Green Sustainable Criteria for Public Buildings. Mifal haPais (Israel National Lottery).
- 2008-2010 - Transformative Technologies: Technological Knowledge and the Potential for Impacting Social Change. IDER Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant.
- 2009-current - Integrating Green Technologies in a Sustainable Indigenous Desert Community - Wadi Attir Project. Sustainability Laboratory.