Danny Griffin is a designer and researcher currently attending MIT as a Master’s of Architecture candidate. His research considers the evolving role of the architect at the intersection of spatial richness and technological innovation. 
  His background in robotic fabrication and systems integration have provided an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities associated with automation, mass production, and mass customization. Through his architectural studies, Danny seeks to understand the implications of advanced digital and industrial production as they relate to making spaces and environments.




Summer 2018, GT Digital Fabrication Lab

Education

Aug. 2018 - Present

Aug. 2014 - May 2018


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

M. Arch ‘22 (exp.)

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

BS. Arch ‘18

Skills

Architecture
Fabrication
Graphics

Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Solidworks, 3DS Max, Maya, AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit
KuKA 6-axis robot, 5-axis mill, laser cutter, 3D printer, waterjet, masonry, metalworking
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, V-Ray, Premiere Pro, After Effects, charcoal, sketching

Professional Experience



June 2020 - Aug. 2020
Dec. 2019 - Feb. 2020
Jan. 2019 - Feb. 2019


June 2019 - Aug. 2019





Jan. 2017 - Aug. 2018



May 2017 - Aug. 2017



J. Roc Design, Boston, MA

Architectural Design Intern
Researched fashion industry innovation and garment making techniques for pop-up structures
Exhibition design and full-scale prototyping of flat-pack infinity mirror vitrines for mobile gallery Designed and scripted milled japanese joinery assemblies for on-site installation in bathhouse

Zahner, Kansas City, MO

Research & Development Intern
Used Work Visual to integrate force feedback with robotic arm via Ethernet I/O communication
Developed scripts and tools to automate mirror polishing for large scale project delivery
Presented research in weekly meetings to metalworking experts and manufacturing engineers

Georgia Tech Digital Fabrication Lab, Atlanta, GA

Research Assistant + Senior Lab Technician
Fabricated and callibrated custom end effectors and auxiliary devices for robotic fabrication

Georgia Tech Digital Building Lab, Atlanta, GA

Summer Research Assistant
Developed and tested bond strength of concrete and grout mix designs for masonry systems

Teaching Experience


Aug. 2019 - May 2020





Dec. 2016 - Aug. 2018

MIT SA+P, Cambridge, MA

Teaching Assistant


4.151 Core I Studio (Instructor: Brandon Clifford)

4.022 Design Techniques and Technologies (Instructors: Thomas Heatherwick & Jeremy Jih)

4.105 Geometric Disciplines & Architecture Skills (Instructor: Jeremy Jih)


Georgia Tech College of Design, Atlanta, GA

Teaching Assistant
ARCH 8863: Intro to Robotic Fabrication (Instructor: Shani Sharif)

ARCH 8833: Robotic Fabricates (Instructors: Shani Sharif & Daniel Baerlecken)
ARCH 8833: Robotic Operations (Instructor: Keith Kaseman)
ARCH 8855: Core III Studio: Super-Utility Dronotypes (Instructor: Keith Kaseman)
ARCH 8833: Media & Modeling III (Instructor: Keith Kaseman)
ARCH 2211: History of Architecture I (Instructor: Michelle Rinehart)


Awards + Honors

Summer 2020
Spring 2019
Fall 2018
Spring 2018
Spring 2018
Spring 2018
Spring 2018
Spring 2018
Spring 2018
Fall 2017
Fall 2017
Fall 2017
Spring 2017
Spring 2017
Spring 2016
Fall 2015
Spring 2015

UNI.XYZ Modern Winery Design Competition, 1st Place
MIT Core II People’s Pool Design Competition, 1st Place
MIT Department of Architecture, Graduate Fellowship
Lewis F. & Patricia R. Lanter Student Award, 1st Place in Design Excellence
Alpha Rho Chi Medal
School of Architecture, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
World Architecture, Vol. 179 Cover Image
University System of Georgia, Outstanding Scholar Award
Morphosis Architects, NYC Externship
School of Architecture Portfolio Design Competition: 1st Place Senior
School of Architecture Portfolio Design Competition: 1st in Section
President’s Undergraduate Research Award
James Bowden Addy Memorial Scholarship
GT Center for Teaching & Learning, Undergraduate TA of the Year
Sophomore Design of Excellence, 1st Place
School of Architecture Portfolio Design Competition: 1st in Section
Mike Rice Design Competition: 2nd Place Individual Drawing Set
Danny Griffin Selected Works 2014-2021