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 the design studio building technology in courses that include second-year design, fourth-year tectonics and design/build studios, a documentation and detailing course and the introductory materials and construction methods courses.
He has also served administrative roles as Associate Dean and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies 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 conference proceedings. A specific area of research is the work of Renzo Piano for which he spent time in Italy during his sabbatical. Currently he is working on a university grant studying best practices for delivery of on-line studios courses.
As a registered architect and LEED AP with BD+C specialty, he has maintained a small private practice since 1998 and has designed more than two dozen residential projects in that time.