Jonathan Grinham

Assistant Professor of Architecture

On leave for Fall 2022

Jonathan Grinham is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jonathan’s research brings an intensely interdisciplinary approach to climate change and the built environment, connecting material science with building science and design to examine questions on materiality, thermal health, and lifecycle carbon emissions. These questions have sparked the development of novel technologies, publications, and patents that prove out low-carbon building solutions through material innovation. Jonathan’s research has gained significant recognition through numerous funding awards, including the Harvard Climate Change Solutions Fund, the Department of Energy Advanced Building and Construction program, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering’s Validation Project program.

Jonathan is passionate about translating his research into design-based learning. His teaching on the science of materials in the face of climate change continues to push the boundaries of building materials. Prior to his current appointment, Jonathan served as Lecturer in Architecture at the GSD, Senior Research Associate with the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Research Fellow with the Aizenberg Lab at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Participating Faculty with the Laboratory for Design Technologies. He holds degrees in architecture and building science from Virginia Tech and a D.Des. degree from the GSD.

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