Academy of Distinguished Alumni

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Lawrence G. Griffis

M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1972
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1970

Larry Griffis has directed or made significant contributions to the structural design of over fifty major buildings throughout the United States and internationally. He has combined his 32 years of practical design and management experience with ongoing involvement in numerous technical committees, exploring and documenting specialized structural issues of design, construction, and delivery. He has developed particular expertise in the design of long span roof structures, high-rise buildings, composite steel and concrete systems, and analysis of large buildings under wind forces.

Projects completed under his direction have been honored with numerous structural awards, including the "Eminent Conceptor Award," emblematic of the top engineering accomplishment in Texas, for eight different projects in a 14-year period, including four consecutive years 1989-1992. In 2002, he was the recipient of the "Civil and Architectural Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award" at the University of Texas. A second honor bestowed on him during 2002 was the "AISC Lifetime Achievement Award." This award honors individuals who have made an impact in the success of the structural steel industry. Additional professional honors include finalist as ENR magazine’s "Construction Man of the Year," 1990. In 1994, his career body of work in the development of composite steel systems was recognized by the American Institute of Steel Construction when he was named T.R. Higgins Lecturer; this prestigious award is the highest honor given by the steel industry in the United States. He has directed numerous structural investigations of construction-related disputes and deficiencies.

Larry Griffis was named to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003, the highest praise bestowed by peers in the industry.

Inducted November 7, 2003