Richard Griffiths

Position: Director
Qualification: MA (Cantab) Dip Arch Grad Dipl Cons (AA) RIBA AABC

Richard Griffiths was born in 1954. He studied architecture at Cambridge University. In 1989 he completed the Architectural Association Building Conservation Course, and in 1993 attended the Attingham Summer School for the Study of the English Country House. In 1994 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study contemporary developments in the conservation of historic buildings in the USA. He founded Richard Griffiths Architects in 1993 after working with some of the country’s leading conservation architects. The practice has established itself as one of the foremost practices in the conservation field, with a particular reputation for new design in historic contexts.


Richard Griffiths was a committee member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings from 1993 to 1999 and a Trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust from 1999 to 2005. He has lectured in Building Conservation at the IAAS, York University, at the RIBA in the National Trust Lecture Series and at courses run by the SPAB and the Georgian Group. He has also lectured extensively on the application of the Disability Discrimination Act to historic buildings. He has acted as consultant to English Heritage on grants casework, and as Expert Witness at Planning Inquiries. He has been Cathedral Architect at Southwark Cathedral and St Albans Abbey, was joint architect for the St Pancras Hotel, and has acted as consultant to other major architectural practices in connection with sensitive projects for the conversion of important historic buildings to new uses. He was a member of the RIBA Awards Group from 2006-2012.


Projects for which he has been most closely involved include the following:


Sutton House, London
Repair and conversion of Grade II* Tudor house for the National Trust (Europa Nostra Awards Commendation; Civic Trust Award; Interpret Britain Award)


Eastbury Manor, London
Improvements to Grade I Listed Tudor house for the National Trust and Barking Council with HLF Funding (Civic Trust Commendation 2004)


Southwark Cathedral
Cathedral architect from 1997-2012 responsible for all repairs and new design and for the Millennium Project to include new refectory, meeting rooms, library, and improvements to the churchyard (RIBA Award and eight other awards 2003-5)


Oxford Castle
Conservation consultant for the conversion of former prison buildings to hotel use. Architect for
repair of the Saxon St George’s Tower
Russian Orthodox Cathedral, London
Repairs, redecoration and new chandeliers


St Albans Abbey
Cathedral Architect since 2000 responsible for major programme of repair, relighting, access improvements, reordering and masterplanning for a major HLF funded development project


St Pancras Chambers
Joint architect with RHWL for conversion and extension to house hotel and residential uses, including design of the public parts of the hotel and of the new wing of 190 hotel bedrooms.


Lambeth Palace, London
New glazed courtyard giving access to the 13th Century crypt chapel for staff and visitors to the Palace