Jonathan Grinham is a Lecturer in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Researcher with the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities. His work asks how the design of conventional and emerging material technologies can address architecture’s big problem, energy and where we get it. This question has led to the development of novel technologies and publications around vascular-thin-film heat exchange, nano-scale thermal tuning, and the coupling of breathable materials to buoyancy-driven ventilation. These topics are complemented by Jonathan's other research interests that track themes in robotics, kinematic structures, embedded computation, and automated fabrication workflows.
Jonathan has taught technology seminars at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as design studios at the Catholic University of America and Virginia Tech. While at Catholic University, Jonathan was the Assistant Project Manager for Team Capitol DC’s Solar Decathlon house, Harvest Home. Jonathan’s professional practice ranges from super-tall mixed-use buildings (while at SOM Chicago) to fiberglass composite structures (while at Studio 27 Architecture in Washington, DC) to facade consulting (for Mass Design Group in Boston, Ma).
Jonathan received his Doctorate of Design degree (DDes) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was a Graduate Researcher for the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Project Manager for the GSD's Alive Project (MaP+S group). He holds a BArch and MS from Virginia Tech.