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Harry Giles

Professor of Practice in Architecture

Harry Giles is a professor of practice in architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He teaches structures at the graduate level and advises PhD students in the area of building technology. He also practices as a design, materials, and structural engineering consultant on diverse large building and small experimental projects at HGDesign+Technology.

Giles also runs collaborative teaching workshops with the U-M departments of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, and School of Natural Resources and Environment, and uses interdisciplinary studio-based design methods as a creative model for technical inquiry.

Giles’s research interests focus on new typologies for load-bearing cladding systems; composite, fabric, and sustainable materials; nonlinear spatial structures and shell-surface composite skin structures; multi-physics applications related to structural and thermal interactions, as well as low-energy passive strategies in buildings and component design; and industrialized manufacturing of prefabricated modular buildings.

Giles earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in engineering from the University of Natal, Durban, and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

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