Prof. Corey T. Griffin
With graduate degrees in architecture and structural engineering, Corey Griffin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Portland State University, teaching design, structures and building science courses. His upper division undergraduate and graduate design courses focus on the integration of architectural design with structural, mechanical and enclosure systems. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars on building science research methods. His research focuses on the intersections of structural systems and green buildings with an emphasis on integrated design, multi-performance structures and building longevity. He is a co-founder of the Research-based Design Initiative at Portland State, through which students generate translational building science research in collaboration with professional practice. Professor Griffin has been the Principal Investigator on over $1,100,000 in grants and sponsored research including a NSF grant (#1356679), an NCARB Grant for the Integration of the Academy and Practice and the first multi-year grant from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has ever awarded.
Professor Griffin is the director of the Research-based Design Teaching Laboratory (RDTL), funded primarily by the W.M. Keck Foundation and matching grants from OregonBEST and PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions. The mission of the RDTL 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 post-occupancy analysis of existing buildings and applying this research to projects currently under design through collaboration with Portland architecture and engineering firms. When it opens in Fall 2015, the lab will reach an average of 200 students annually and generate critical building science research for professional practice.