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Jonathan Bean, Ph.D.

Chair, Sustainable Market Transformation
Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Built Environments
College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Eller College of Management

Jonathan’s research on taste, consumption, and market transformation spans the fields of consumer research, human-computer interaction, architecture, and design. He is the author of the Consuming Tech column for ACM Interactions magazine and is completing an immersive multi-year study of market transformation in the United States building market centered on the passive house standard. He has received grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, and others. His work on IKEA hacking was featured on an episode of the 99% Invisible podcast.


Aletheia Ida, Ph.D.

Chair, M.S. Arch., Emerging Building Technologies

Aletheia Ida, PhD, is an Architect and Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture. Aletheia earned her accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, post-professional Master of Architecture in Design and Energy Conservation from the University of Arizona, and Doctorate in Architectural Sciences from the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She integrates design theory in her research for emergent environmental building technologies, incorporating aspects of material inventions with socio-environmental performance criteria through innovative digital and physical prototyping methods. She holds a provisional co-patent for Building Integrated Biopolymer Sorption Systems and a National Science Foundation EAGER award.


Altaf Engineer, Ph.D.

Chair, M.S. Arch., Health and Built Environment

Altaf Engineer is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing. Altaf holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Mumbai, India. He is a registered architect in New York and in India, and is NCARB certified. Altaf is a co-founder of Architects For Society. Altaf’s scholarship, teaching and practice are informed by his interest in social, cultural, and behavioral factors in design with a special focus on daylighting, health and wellbeing. He is first author of the recently published book Shedding New Light On Art Museum Additions: Front Stage and Back Stage Experiences. 


Nader Chalfoun, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, M.S. Arch., Design and Energy Conservation

Nader Chalfoun received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona's Arid Lands Resource Sciences program, Master of Architecture from University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cairo University College of Engineering. He is a LEED© Accredited Professional. Dr. Chalfoun teaches environmental control systems, design studios with focus on sustainable and green architecture, advanced elective courses on energy conservation, passive solar systems and computer simulation for thermal performance optimization of buildings. Dr. Chalfoun developed and directs The House Energy Doctor program, an award-winning best energy education and outreach program in Pima County, and chairs the M.S. Arch. in Design and Energy Conservation.


Susannah Dickinson

Associate Professor and Chair., MS. Arch., Independent Option

Susannah Dickinson's work explores the relationship that computational design and fabrication processes can have in the development of more ecologically responsive environments. This stems from a background in digital processes, parametric modeling, BIM, and digital fabrication, largely gained through years of professional experience in the offices of Frank O. Gehry, Los Angeles and SHoP Architects, New York. This technological background is coupled with a belief that it is our responsibility as architects to be concerned with the entire built and natural environment.



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Drew Sanderford, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Real Estate Development and Planning

Drew's research focuses on responsible property investment and innovation in both housing and commercial real estate. Drew is a member of the board of directors of the American Real Estate Society, on the editorial board of the Journal of Real Estate Literature, and a member of the research committee of the Pima County Real Estate Research Council. He holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA.


Arlie Adkins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Planning Degree Program

Arlie's research focuses on understanding the interconnectedness of transportation equity, affordable housing, and public health. Arlie is currently a co-Pl of the CDC-funded Physical Activity Policy Research Network collaborating center at UA. He holds a Ph.D from Portland State University.


Kristi Currans, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Planning Degree Program

Kristi's research focuses on the intersection between land use development and travel behavior in the fields of urban planning and transportation engineering. She will also continue her research as part of the National Institute of Transporation and Communities University Transportation Center. She holds a Ph.D from Portland State University.

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