With graduate degrees in architecture and structural engineering, Corey Griffin is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Portland State University, teaching design, building science and structures courses. His research focuses on the intersections of structural systems and green buildings with an emphasis on integrated design, multi-performance structures and resiliency. He is a co-founder of the Research-based Design Initiative at Portland State, through which his students generate building science research in collaboration with professional practice. Professor Griffin has been the Principal Investigator on over $1,400,000 in grants and sponsored research including a US Fulbright Scholar grant, a NSF grant (#1356679) and a NCARB Grant for the Integration of the Academy and Practice. He is also the co-PI on a recently awarded NSF grant (#1563612) that will focus on architectural and structural issues related to mid- to high-rise mass timber structural systems in seismic zones. At Portland State, he has been awarded the University's Excellence in Teaching and Sustainability Award as well as the College of the Art's Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize.
Professor Griffin is the director of the Building Science Lab to Advance Teaching (BUILT), funded by a $300,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The mission of BUILT is to (1) expand active learning in undergraduate building science courses through interdisciplinary, hands-on quantitative research, (2) provide resources and training for faculty members to develop research-based exercises for their courses, and (3) encourage a more rapid integration of green building strategies, materials and systems by conducting student-led simulations or postoccupancy analysis of existing buildings and applying this research to projects currently under design through collaboration with Portland architecture and engineering firms. The lab supports over 200 students annually to develop research skills and generate critical building science research for professional practice.
Vander Poel, K., Griffin C. (2017). Aligning the design intent with the actual use of a garden in a pediatric hospital. In Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah, 14-17 June 2017.
Griffin C.T. (2016). Multi-performance retrofits to existing buildings. In Proceedings of the Civil Engineering Research in Ireland Conference (CERI2016). Galway, Ireland, 29-30 August 2016.
Boon, C., Griffin C., Papaefthimiou, N., Ross, J., & Storey, K. (2015). Optimizing spatial adjacencies using evolutionary parametric tools: : Using Grasshopper and Galapagos to Analyze, Visualize, and Improve Complex Architectural Programming. Perkins + Will Research Journal, 7(2), 25-37.
Griffin, C.T. (2015). Research-based design as translational research between the academy and practice. In Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2015 Conference. Chicago, USA, 6-9 April 2015.
Boon, C. & Griffin, C.T. (2015). Evolutionary parametric analysis for optimizing spatial adjacencies: A generative tool for architectural programming. In Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2015 Conference. Chicago, USA, 6-9 April 2015.
Griffin, C.T., Douville, E., Thompson, B.A., & Hoffman, M. (2014). Using multi-performance criteria to evaluate long-span structural systems in schematic design. In Sustainable Structures: The Intersections of Structural Systems and Green Buildings, the proceedings of the 5th Annual School of Architecture Symposium. Portland, OR. 17-18 April 2014.
Griffin, C.T., Bynum, L., Green, A., Marandyuk, S., Namgung, J., & Burkhardt, A. (2013). Comparing the embodied energy of structural systems in parking garages. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structures & Architecture (ICSA2013). Guimaraes, Portugal, 24-26 July 2013. pp. 945-952. ISBN: 9780415661959
Griffin, C.T., Douville, E., Thompson, B., & Hoffman, M. (2013). A multi-performance comparison of long-span structural systems. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structures & Architecture (ICSA2013). Guimaraes, Portugal, 24-26 July 2013. pp. 1668-1676. ISBN: 9780415661959
McWilliams, H. & Griffin, C.T. (2013). A critical assessment of concrete and masonry structures for reconstruction after seismic events in developing countries. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structures & Architecture (ICSA2013). Guimaraes, Portugal, 24-26 July 2013. pp. 857-864. ISBN: 9780415661959
Sedor, M., Griffin, C.T. & Konis, K. (2013). The role of structures in daylighing retrofits for existing buildings. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structures & Architecture (ICSA2013). Guimaraes, Portugal, 24-26 July 2013. pp. 1748-1790. ISBN: 9780415661959
Schmidt, J. & Griffin, C.T. (2013). Barriers to the design and use of cross-laminated timber structures in high-rise housing. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structures & Architecture (ICSA2013). Guimaraes, Portugal, 24-26 July 2013. pp. 2225-2231. ISBN: 9780415661959
Griffin, C.T. (2013). Urban Filtration | Architecture as Watershed. In Proceedings of the Annual ACSA Conference. San Francisco, 21-24 March 2013.
Griffin, C.T. (2012). The Paddington Terrace House: An Example of Incrementally Accommodating Change from the House to the City. In Proceedings of the EAAE/ARCC International Conference on Architectural Research. Milan, Italy, 7-10 June 2012.
Knowles, C., Theodoropoulos, C., Griffin, C., & Allen, J. (2011). Oregon design professionals views on structural building products in green buildings: implications for wood. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 41(2), 390-400.
Griffin C.T. (2011). Ordering the structure of light wood framed row houses to sustainably accommodate change: San Francisco's Sunset District as a cautionary tale. In Gibson M, Kendall S, editors. Architecture in the Fourth Dimension: Proceedings of an International Conference of CIB W104: Open Building Implementation and CIB W110: Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing. Boston, MA, 15-17 November 2011. pp. 146-154. ISBN: 0937994448
Griffin C.T., Knowles, C., Theodoropoulos, C., & Allen. J. (2010). Barriers to the implementation of sustainable structural materials in green buildings. In: Cruz P, editor. Structures and Architecture: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Structures & Architecture (ICSA2010). Guimaraes, Portugal, 21-23 July 2010. pp. 1315-1323. ISBN: 9780415492492
Griffin, C.T., Reed, B., & Hsu, S. (2010). Comparing the embodied energy of structural systems in buildings. In: Cruz P, editor. Structures and Architecture: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Structures & Architecture (ICSA2010). Guimaraes, Portugal, 21-23 July 2010. pp. 1333-1339. ISBN: 9780415492492
Griffin, C. (2009). Integrated design: Collaboration and experimentation in Le Corbusier's Immeuble Clarte. In: Rizzuto T, Welty, C, editors. Le Corbusier: Architecture, Urbanism and Theory: Proceedings of Le Corbusier - The Annual Dean's Symposium 2009. Atlanta (GA): Southern Polytechnic State University. pp. 137-145. ISBN: 0974672483
Griffin, C. (2007). Defining permanence: Structuring housing for incremental change. In Proceedings of the Sixth China Urban Housing Conference, Beijing, 26-28 March 2007. pp. 541-552. ISBN: 9787507418453
Reports and White Papers
Griffin, C., McWilliams, H., and Dacey, A. (2013) Using Infrared Thermography of Existing Masonry Walls to Target Retrofit Efforts and Lessons for Future Additions.
Griffin, C. (2005). Sustainability, Performance and Mix Design of High Volume Fly Ash Concrete. Master's thesis, Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Griffin, C. (2005). Defining permanence: Structuring housing for incremental change. Master's thesis, Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Griffin, C. (2004). An introduction to biophilia and the built environment. RMI Solutions. 20(1): 7-11.
Leveraging University/Industry Partnerships to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Buildings. National University of Ireland, Galway - Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, PI, 2016-2017, $44,000.
Energy Efficiency Validation of Smart Apartments. OregonBEST, PI, 2016-2018, $250,000.
Achieving Sustainable Urban Buildings with Seismically Resilient Mass Timber Core Wall and Floor System. NSF Award #1563612, CMMI, co-PI, 2016-2019, $410,000.
Research-based Design Teaching Laboratory. W.M. Keck Foundation, PI, 2015-2018, $300,000.
Interdisciplinary, Research-based Engineering and Design (IRED) Green Building Scholars Program. NSF, S-STEM Program, DUE, PI, 2014-2019, $630,978.
Research-based Design and Education. Van Evera and Janet M. Bailey Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. PI, 2013-2018, $100,000.
Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Research-Based Design. NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. PI, 2012-2013, $16,000.
NCARB Award: Through Students' Eyes - Portland State University
Extending Research Capability for Evaluation of Multi-performance Building Systems. Facility Investment Grant, Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Center. Co-PI, 2010-2011, $82,000.
Documenting Multi-performance Structural Systems to Reduce Cost and Increase Green Building Outcomes. Faculty Enhancement Grant, Portland State University. PI, 2010-2011, $8,370.
Sustainable Structural Materials: Gap Analysis Research in Support of Continuing Professional and Graduate Education. Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Center and Oregon Forest Research Institute (OFRI). Co-PI, 2008-2009, $60,000.
On sabbatical at National University of Ireland, Galway
Professor Griffin is involved with a number of labs and research projects at Portland State and beyond. A selection of these can be found in the porfolio below.
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