Photo of M. Kevin Parfitt

M. Kevin Parfitt



  • Architectural Engineering

206 Engineering Unit A


Research Areas:

Building Structural Systems

Interest Areas:

Structural and architectural engineering with an emphasis on building forensics, failures and damage assessment, forensic techniques and BIM/project management (DIRECTOR CABS).






  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2012, Failure Case Studies in Civil Engineering: Natural and Man-made Hazards, The Education Committee of the Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE) of ASCE., ASCE Press
  • Shen-En Chen, Michael J. Drerup, M. Kevin Parfitt, Anthony M. Dolhon and Alicia Diaz de Leon, 2009, Forensic Engineering 2009: Pathology of the Built Environment, Proceedings of the 5th Forensic Congress, ASCE, Washington, DC

Book Reviews

  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2007, Book Review, Building Façade Maintenance, Repair, and Inspection - STP 1444, pp. p. 172
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2006, Review of Structural Condition Assessment, pp. p. 207

Parts of Book

  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2010, Failure Case Studies in Civil Engineering: Natural and Man-made Hazards

Journal Articles

  • Xiao Yuan, Chinemelu J Anumba, M. Kevin Parf andtt, , 2015, "Review of the Potential for a Cyber-Physical System Approach to Temporary Structures Monitoring", International Journal of Architectural Research - ArchNet, 9, (3), pp. 19
  • R. Solnosky, M. Kevin Parfitt and R. Holland, 2013, "An IPD and BIM Industry focused Capstone Course based on the AEC Industry Needs and Involvement", Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Special Issue: Curriculum Assessment and Continuous Improvement
  • Thomas E. Boothby, M. Kevin Parfitt and Mark Ketchum, 2012, "Milo S. Ketchum and Thin-Shell Concrete Structures in Colorado", APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2012, "Why Buildings Fail: Are We Learning From Our Mistakes?", Buildings - Special Issue on Building Failures, 2, (3), pp. 326-331
  • M. Pihlak, P. Deamer, R. Holland, U. Poerschke, J. Messner and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2011, "Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the Impact on Design Quality", Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology, 1, (1), pp. 6
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, D. J. Jones and R. G. Garvin, 2011, "Structural, Construction and Procedural Failures Associated with Long-Term Pyritic Soil Expansion at a Private Elementary School in Pennsylvania", Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Special Issue on Construction on Expansive Soils, 25, (1)
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2009, "Cranes, Structures under Construction and Temporary Facilities: Are We Doing Enough to Ensure They are Safe?", Journal of Architectural Engineering, 15, (1)
  • Jonathan U. Doughtery and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2009, "Framework for Teaching Engineering Capstone Design Courses with Emphasis on Application of Internet-Based Technologies", Journal of Architectural Engineering, 15, (1)
  • M. Kevin Parfitt and Elizabeth E. Parfitt, 2007, "Failures Education: The Key to Better Engineering Design", Structure, pp. 10-12
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2006, "Failure Trends: Becoming a better engineer by studying typical patterns in building failures", Structure Magazine, pp. 60-61
  • Thomas E. Boothby, M. Kevin Parfitt and Charlene K. Roise, 2005, "Case Studies in Diagnosis and Repair of Historic Thin-shell Concrete Structures", APT Bulletin: Journal of Preservation Technology, 36, (2-3), pp. 3-12
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2005, "Minimizing Corrosion Concerns When Using New Copper-Based Pressure-Treated Wood Products", PHRC Builder Brief BB0604, Slightly modified version of PHRC Builder Brief BB0604

Conference Proceedings

  • Solnosky Ryan and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2016, "Shear Wall Design in Residential Construction: A Comparison of Methods", Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, University Park, pp. 12
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2015, "A Curriculum Approach to Deploying BIM in Architectural Engineering"
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, Robert J. Holland and Ryan Solnosky, 2013, "Results of a Pilot Multidisciplinary BIM - Enhanced Integrated Project Delivery Capstone Engineering Design Course in Architectural Engineering at Penn State", Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) National Conference - ASCE, pp. 8
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2012, "Creating Better Buildings Through Failures Education: Wikis, Forums, Synths, Tweets, Case Studies and Discussion Boards", ASCE 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering
  • R. Solnosky, M. Kevin Parfitt, R. Holland, J. Messner and R. Leicht, 2011, "Team Integration through a Capstone Design Course Implementing BIM and IPD", Academic Best Practices / Implementing BIM into Higher Education Curriculum, National Institute of Building Sciences, Annual Meeting / EcoBuild America Conference
  • R. Holland, M. Kevin Parfitt, M. Pihlak, U. Poerschke, J. Messner and R. Solnosky, 2010, "Integrated Design Courses Using BIM as the Technology Platform", Academic Best Practices / Implementing BIM into Higher Education Curriculum, National Institute of Building Sciences, Annual Meeting / EcoBuild America Conference
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2006, "Learning From Failure: Teaching a Course on Building Performance and Forensic Techniques", Proceedings of the 4th Forensic Congress, pp. 353-363
  • J. U. Doughtery and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2006, "Enhancing Architectural Engineering Capstone Design Courses Through Web-Based Technologies", Proceedings of the Architectural Engineering 2006 Building Integration Solutions Conference

Materials Regarding New Courses/Curricula

Written Cases with Instructional Materials


  • Xiao Yuan, M. Kevin Parfitt and Chimay J Anumba, 2014, "The Use of Cyber Physical Systems in Temporary Structures - an Exploratory Study"
  • J. U. Doughtery and M. Kevin Parfitt, , "Student and Practitioner Collaboration in an Online Knowledge Community: Best Practices from a Capstone Course Implementation", Journal of Architectural Engineering
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, Jonathan U. Doughtery and Geschwindner, , "Enhancing Architectural Engineering Education Through Academic - Industry Partnerships: A Case History and Lessons Learned", ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice


  • Xiao Yuan, Chimay J Anumba and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2015, "Real-time Cyber-physical Systems (CPS)-based Monitoring of Temporary Structures: - a Scaffolding System Example"
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2009, "Building Failures: Avoiding the Mistakes of Yesterday Leads to the Successes of Today", Editorial - Journal of Architectural Engineering, 15, (1)
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2007, "Architectural Engineering Approach to Building Façade Design, Construction and Evaluation", ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, 13, (3)

Research Projects

  • August 2015 - December 2016, "Scenario-Based Learning Modules for Teaching Complex Building Code Topics," (Sponsor: Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education).
  • May 2014 - December 2015, "Shear Wall Opportunities in Residential Construction," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC)).
  •   - May 2015, "2014-2015. “Shear wall Opportunities in Residential Construction”, Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), $10,000 (Seed funding), Role: PI (100%), Status: being conducted," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania Housing Reseach Center).
  • August 2009 - July 2013, "Implementation and Assessment of Failure Case Studies in the Engineering Curriculum," (Sponsor: Cleveland State University).

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Member, Task Committee, Building Envelope MEng Program - Development, April 2015 - December 2017
  • Committee Work, Chairperson, AE Promotion and Tenure Committee (Elected), September 2015 - August 2016
  • Committee Work, Member, Sabbatical Review Committee - COE, August 2014 - May 2016
  • Committee Work, Member, Department Informational Technology and Website Committee, August 2014 - August 2016
  • Committee Work, Member, Executive Committee, August 2014 - August 2016
  • Participation in Recruitment and Retention Activities, Member, Development Task Force, August 2009 - August 2016
  • Committee Work, Member, Scholarship and Awards Committee (Awards), August 2009 - August 2016
  • Committee Work, Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee (Curriculum Committee), August 2009 - August 2016
  • Administrative Support Work, Coordinator, Career Fair Team, January 1993 - December 2099

Service to External Organizations:

  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Organizing Committee for Forensic Conference & Congress, ASCE, December 2015 - December 2017
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Evaluator, ABET Advisory Board, Bucknell University - Civil Engineering Department, December 2015 - June 2016
  • Service to Governmental Agencies, Other, Structural (PE) Member, Centre Region Building and House Code Board of App, December 2008
  • Testifying as an Expert Witness, Other, Expert Witness, January 2006
  • Service to Public and Private Organizations, Advisor, October 2005
  • Service to Business and Industry, Coordinator, AE Summer Job & Internship Program, January 1996
  • Service to Business and Industry, Organizer, AE Career Fair, November 1993
  • Participation in Community Affairs, Consultant, January 1984



Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394