Prof. Isaac A. Meir
Architect / Town Planner
Tel: 972-8-6596880
Fax: 972-8-6596881
Mailing Address




Research interests

Topics related to appropriate design for desert regions, including:


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.

Distinctions and Awards


Research students (current and recently graduated - dates in parentheses indicate estimated completion)


Selected publications

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:

  • 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).
Refereed papers in collective volumes/conference proceedings:
  • 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).

Design projects

Has participated in numerous innovative design projects including:

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.

Graduate students