Each year, the Georgia Board of Regents holds a luncheon on Academic Recognition Day. Each state university in Georgia selects one undergraduate student to attend the luncheon with the chancellor of the University System of Georgia and the Board of Regents.
This year, we are proud to announce that Georgia Tech has selected to recognize Daniel Griffin, a senior in the School of Architecture. Griffin has proven himself to be academically gifted with his 4.0 GPA and his many academic awards and honors including: 1st Place Senior award in the School of Architecture Portfolio Design Competition, the President’s Undergraduate Research Award, the James Bowden Addy Memorial Scholarship, the School of Architecture Undergraduate Teaching Assistant of the Year award and the Sophomore Design of Excellence award.
Reflecting on his honor as Georgia Tech’s representative, Griffin said, “To me, it means that I’ve been in the right place and met the right people. A lot of it comes down to my instructors, who have been fantastic. The people I’ve made connections with here have been very rewarding to collaborate with and learn from. It reassures me that Georgia Tech was the right choice for my education, even if it’s not known first as an architecture school. Maybe in a different setting, I wouldn’t have taken initiative like I did or learned the things that I did. It’s just very affirmative.”
What brought Griffin to Georgia Tech as an undergraduate student extends beyond his aptitude for architecture. Griffin saw opportunities to explore architecture through the lenses of design, engineering and robotics.
“I think going to a larger school like this has so many collaborative opportunities, too,” Daniel said. “I don’t want to stay exclusively in architecture. I think we have a tendency to do that, to be kind of insular. So, I really wanted to engage with other topics at Georgia Tech. Architecture interfaces so well with basically everything.”
Particularly in his time at Georgia Tech, Griffin has discovered his passion for digital fabrication. He recalls, “I didn’t realize before coming to Tech that I wanted to do that [digital fabrication] as much as I do. But the Digital Fabrication Lab is an underappreciated resource that is so amazingly valuable; I took my first class there at the start of my junior year and I’ve been totally absorbed in it since.”
Currently, Griffin is finishing his senior year and applying to graduate schools to pursue a master’s degree in architecture, intending to continue his focus on research and digital fabrication.