WHR Architects’ Charles H. Griffin Elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects

02/25/2016 | WHR Architects

WHR Architects’ Charles H. Griffin, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and will be invested to the College of Fellows at this year’s AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.

Griffin’s role as a leader, manager, and mentor has advanced the architectural practice in health and has impacted countless organizations, clients and colleagues.

The College of Fellows is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow. Elevation to Fellowship recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual as well as their significant contributions to architecture and to society.

“Charles Griffin’s leadership has strengthened our firm, advanced the practice of architecture and greatly benefited the built environment in healthcare on a national level,” says David Watkins, FAIA, Founding Principal of WHR, the healthcare practice of EYP. “He is an empathetic servant to grateful clients, committed leader in professional organizations and respected thought leader.”

Over his 37-year career, Griffin has advanced the practice of healthcare architecture through partnership with organizations including the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA AAH), the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), among many other allied organizations. Griffin has mentored generations of healthcare architects, whose legacy will continue to impact the design industry.

“Being named a Fellow in the AIA has given me a renewed strength and energy to further influence healthcare design,” said Griffin. “While I am proud of my career accomplishments and this recognition, I am looking towards the future to continue the collaboration with our healthcare clients and the many team members it takes to deliver successful healthcare projects.”

For Griffin, the future includes leading WHR’s healthcare design efforts in Raleigh, North Carolina, and continuing to serve clients across the United States.

His recent projects include work with Rex UNC Healthcare’s North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina; Meridian Health’s Ocean Medical Center Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center build out and the HOPE Tower at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in New Jersey; and the Stamford Hospital New Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut.

Griffin is a Senior Principal and Studio Leader at WHR Architects. Since joining WHR, he has worked on over $2 billion of healthcare projects. Griffin is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects (FACHA). He has held several leadership positions within these organizations—serving as a past President of the Construction Industry Council as well as Chairman of the Codes and Standards Committee for both AIA Houston and Texas Society of Architects. Charles has served a five year term as a AAH Board member, including being the President in 2014. He continues to serve on the Academy Board as the Ambassador. Charles is also a Board of Trustees member of the AAH Foundation and is serving a two year term as President.

WHR, based in Houston, Texas, with additional offices in Dallas, Raleigh, New York City and Copenhagen, Denmark, is the healthcare practice group of EYP Inc., currently ranked No. 1 in healthcare renovation and the 13th largest healthcare design practice in the United States. WHR’s commitment to critical thinking is balanced by an ingrained empathy that results in both improved project outcomes and positive working experiences for their clients. With over 180 people, the healthcare practice group is working on projects worldwide for top tier public and private medical institutions. For more information about WHR Architects, visit http://www.whrarchitects.com.

EYP is a renowned global provider of high-performance building design, research, and consulting services to higher education, government, healthcare, and corporate clients. Ranked No. 1 in sustainability and fifth overall on Architect magazine’s prestigious Architect 50, the company provides seamless project delivery with access to the award-winning expertise and resources of its family of practice groups, which includes sustainable design leader EYP Architecture & Engineering; WHR Architects, healthcare design specialists; and The Weidt Group, building energy performance specialists. More than 580 professionals in architecture, engineering, energy, and interior design collaborate across 15 offices in the United States and Europe to deliver expertise-driven design. For more information, visit http://eypaedesign.com/.