Dina Griffin, FAIA, NOMA, IIDA

President – Architect


Dina became president of IDEA in 1999. Her experience in educational, municipal and corporate projects contributes significantly to the firm’s capacities and her adept leadership and collaborative skills are invaluable to all projects, especially those with multiple stakeholder groups. She often oversees interior architecture, FF&E and finishing details on projects, in addition to her duties managing the firm’s daily operation.

Dina became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2018.  She is active in the community as a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter. Dina is also past president of the Illinois Chapter of the National Organization for Minority Architects. Dina currently serves on the Illinois Architect Licensing Board, is a member of the Advisory Board for Contract Magazine and is a member of the Leadership Advisory Committee for The Art Institute of Chicago whose primary mission is to bring the arts to underserved neighborhoods in the City of Chicago.

Dina’s other passions include tennis, both as a life-long player and spectator, and aviation, an interest that has resulted in her taking a few hours of flying lessons.


Years with IDEA
Total Years Experience


Licensed Architect
State of Illinois, 1994


Bachelor of Science in Architecture
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Selected Experience

Eckhardt Research Center Building and Enabling Projects, The University of Chicago

Eckhardt Research Center Interiors, The University of Chicago

The Modern Wing, The Art Institute of Chicago

Alsdorf Gallery, The Art Institute of Chicago

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors Headquarters

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Paideia Academy, Public Building Commission for Chicago for Chicago Public Schools

McCormick Place Events Center and Arena, Metropolitan Pier and Expansion Authority and DePaul University

Illinois Institute of Technology Distance Learning and Student Union Renovations

Capital Request Scope Assessment, The University of Chicago

Village of University Park Municipal Building

Multiple HUD Housing Multi-unit Residential Buildings, Catholic Charities

Allstate Insurance Company (with OWPP)

Citibank Corporate Office Renovations (with OWPP)