John Griffin

Visiting Assistant Professor

John Griffin is a practicing design professional and educator. He has experience working in the US, UK, and Central America on a variety of project types and scales, from mixed-use urban infill projects to master plans at both the neighborhood and regional scales. He has received multiple New Urbanism Charter Awards for his work, most recently for a planning project in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.

Throughout his career, John has worked with several firms, among them Porphyrios Associates in London, Torti Gallas and Partners in Washington, D.C., and Hart Howerton in New York. During his time at these firms, he has managed noteworthy projects including Highbury Gardens Mixed-Use Apartments in London, Hillsboro Estate in Tennessee, and Hawkes Nest Marina and Village in Ambergris Cay. He also contributed to the development of Whitman College at Princeton University, the master plan for Muyuyo Bay in Ecuador, and phase two of the master plan of Cayala, Guatemala. John was educated at the University of Notre Dame, from which he received both his Bachelor of Architecture and his Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism degrees. His current academic work includes research on the relationship between the built environment and human flourishing.

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Building
  • Ecological Urbanism
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Design, Theory, and Planning

Recently Taught Courses

ARCH 81151 Urban Design II

ARCH 83321 A Survery of Form-Based Codes


Curriculum Vitae

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