Saif Haq, Ph.D.
Dr. Saif Haq is an award-winning researcher, educator, administrator, and design professional
with over 30 years of international experience. He studies Architectural Theory, Urban
Design, Non-Western Architecture, Spatial Cognition, Space Syntax, Public Health,
and Healthcare Facilities Design. He has taught in each of these areas, researched
and published in leading international journals, and in turn been cited by major authors.
At Texas Tech University Dr Haq is the founder-director of the Design for Health program.
At the national level he is elected board member and treasurer of ‘Architecture Research
Centers Consortium' and is the ACSA representative to the NCARB Licensure Advisory
Forum. He regularly reviews for high impact international journals and major publishing
PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, 2001 (Major: Spatial Cognition, Minor: History, Theory and Criticism)
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA,1992 (Design in Islamic Societies)
B.Arch. (5-year Professional Degree) Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (B.U.E.T), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1986
Research InterestsDr. Saif Haq's research is in human-environment relations (HER). His scope has ranged from vernacular architecture to complex hospital buildings and mid-sized cities. His work is anchored in ‘human movement' that refers to navigation, distribution, wayfinding or browsing behavior. These bring multiple research areas and professional interests such as Space Syntax, Wayfinding, Environmental Cognition, Facilities Management and Design into a collaborative framework. Recently he has focused on the effect of spatial configuration on cognition, and how it plays a vital role in the work of physicians and nurses, the healing environments of patients, the wayfinding of visitors, and the healthcare accessibility of citizens. His preferred tools are Space Syntax, GIS and Virtual Immersive Environments. His work has been published internationally and cited by major authors and have informed analysis, research, and design of public space systems in hospital buildings.
Key Intellectual Products
Haq, Saif. and Berhie, G., (2018). Space Syntax investigation of Lubbock, a grid-like American
city and some insights into isotropic layouts, Journal of Urban Design, 23:1,5-22,
Haq, Saif. and Y. Luo (2012). ‘Space Syntax in Health-Care Facilities Research: A Review'. Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) 5(4): 98-117, https://doi.org/10.1177/193758671200500409
Haq, Saif, Hill, Glenn, & Pramanik, Adetania. (2005). ‘Comparison of Configurational, Wayfinding and Cognitive Correlates in Real and Virtual Settings. In Akkelies van Nes (Ed.), 5th International Space Syntax Symposium, (Vol. 2). Delft University of Technology: Techne Press. 387-405
Haq, Saif. (2003). ‘Investigating the Syntax Line: Configurational Properties and Cognitive
Correlates'. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Pion Publications, London,,
30 (6)(November,), 841-863, https://doi.org/10.1068/b2960
Haq, Saif, & Zimring, Craig. (2003). ‘Just down the road a piece: The development of topological knowledge of Building Layouts'. Environment and Behavior, 35(1), 132-160, https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916502238868
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