M.Arch., Washington University, St. Louis
Bachelor of Environmental Design, Miami University of Ohio
Craig Griffen has been teaching at Philadelphia University since 1995 after an initial year at University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Before coming to Philadelphia, he spent nine years in professional practice in Chicago at architectural firms including Nagle Hartray and Perkins + Will. Professor Griffen teaches in the building technology curriculum in courses that include the fourth-year tectonics and design/build studios, a documentation and detailing course and the introductory materials and construction methods courses.
For the past few years he has also taken on a partial administrative role as Associate Dean for the College of Architecture and the Built Environment.
Professor Griffen has presented over a dozen papers on the topic of building technology, especially in the areas of semiotics, sustainability, weaving & architecture and affordable housing, all published in the conference proceedings. One area of research is the work of Renzo Piano for which he spent time in Italy during his sabbatical.
As a registered architect and LEED accredited professional, he has maintained a small private practice since 1998 and has designed more than two dozen residential projects in that time.
As coordinator of the Design/Build studio program at Philadelphia University, Professor Griffen has received commendations from Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Club for contributions to their organizations through student designed and constructed projects.