PhD Students

Naif Altahlawi

Ph.D. Student

B.Arch., King Abdul Aziz University
M.Arch., Virginia Tech


Naif Altahlawi is a PhD student at the school of architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. His research study focuses primarily on building envelope.

After achieving his bachelor’s Degree in environmental design from King Abdul Aziz University, he worked on a variety of projects ranging from small residential structures to mix-use and commercial buildings. While doing his master’s in architecture at Virginia Tech, his interest in heat transfer and light control through the building skin grew substantially, leading him to further explore and do his PhD research on Double Skin facade system.

Altahlawi has been involved in the architecture department; he is a part of different building environmental research studies, experimental setups, and project proposals. In addition, he took part in studying the light and shading on The Lumenhaus project that won the first place in the international solar decathlon competition.

Altahlawi is an activist in numerous environmental design groups and awareness organizations. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers and The Earth Hour Organization for environmental awareness. Altahlawi has been practicing architecture design since 2005.