Dr. Meir studied at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, from which he received BSc and MSc degrees in Architecture and Town Planning. He earned a Ph.D. in archaeology from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, focusing on the building technologies used in Byzantine settlements in the desert. He joined the faculty of the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in 1986. He is an Associate Professor and has served as the Chair of Desert Architecture & Urban Planning and of the Bona Terra Department of Man in the Desert (2005-2010). He lectures in Israel and abroad, e.g., at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (1992); Oxford Brookes University (2000-1); Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010-2011); Donau Universitaet, Krems (2012-3); and the International Hellenic University (2012-2017). He participates in the design of environmentally conscious and experimental projects in the Israeli deserts and acts as consultant to and member of various institutions, NGOs, and professional organizations. His research interests include sustainable design in arid zones; energy conservation in buildings; Post Occupancy Evaluation and Indoor Environment Quality; the Life Cycle Energy Analysis ; retrofit and upgrade of vernacular prototypes with low-tech materials and details; microclimate of open spaces; and proactive contingency planning. In 2014, in recognition of his research, educational outreach activities, and involvement in promoting green sustainable architecture, an experts' panel named him among the 100 most prominent contributors to Israel’s environmental policy (in the infrastructure and construction sector). Among other prizes and awards, he received the Israel Green Building Council Award for Leadership in Green Building (2016).