Jason GriffithsAssociate Professor of Architecture
MArch, Bartlett School of Architecture-UK, 1994
Jason gained his Masters in Architecture with distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UK. He is an architect, writer and teacher whose work explores the poetics of “ordinary” architecture.
In 2011 he completed his first book “Manifest Destiny – A Guide to the Essential Indifference of American Housing.” Published by the Architectural Association Press, it explores a visual anthropology of the North American suburbs. Following its publication Jason received the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) book award (Typology) at the Frankfurt Book Fair and was included as one of the ten entries in “2011 year in review: Best in architecture” by Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne.
Other publications include chapters in recent issues of 306090 through Princeton Architectural Press, Volume Magazine and regular contributions to UnCube. He has also been published in AA Files, Architecture, JA, JAE and the Sunday Times.
Jason’s built environment explores digital fabrication techniques in an innovative investigation of contemporary “ordinary” forms of building. Recent research develops these themes through the use of engineered lumber and advanced timber structures in residential design.
Jason’s writing is paralleled with a long career in teaching and architectural commissions. He specializes in design build projects that combine digital fabrication and social engagement with graduate and undergraduate teaching. Jason Griffiths’ own practice is based on a multidisciplinary approach to architecture working through buildings, competitions, public art, writing and photography. His work investigates the relationship between “normative” forms and architecture often through digital fabrication techniques. Built work includes The Lowest House in the Mojave Desert, Siouxland Transit Bus Stops, K-Zell Metalworks, The Political Ply Shade Canopy and Scottsdale Arts Camera Obscura’s among others. Many projects result from collaborative “design-build” studios with architecture students . Jason’s recent work includes public furniture installations for the City of Tempe, an exhibition at Project Row Houses in Houston and a project for the Duerinckx Residence.
Jason has lectured widely throughout Europe, the United States and Mexico and has also taught at The Bartlett, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Tech de Monterrey, University of Texas at Austin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Iowa State and Arizona State University. In 2015 he was awarded the Hyde Chair for Excellence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.