The Los Angeles-based firm of Griffin Enright Architects, established in 2000 by Margaret Griffin, AIA and John Enright, FAIA, LEED AP, fuses interests in innovation and experimentation with a desire to explore cultural complexities relative to the built environment. Their versatile practice includes projects ranging from large-scale commercial and residential commissions to furniture design and gallery installations, at the local and international level. Their work moves beyond the traditional scope of architectural practice, underscoring connections with the surrounding urban fabric and landscape by reinforcing existing conditions or creating new ones that allow architecture, urban context and landscape to be experienced in new ways.
Innovation and experimentation in the initial stages of program assessment informs their design concepts, as well as their choices of materials, methods of construction, and approach towards integrating landscape and environmental issues with architectural development. Griffin Enright’s comprehensive approach to design depends on the simultaneous blurring and exploitation of distinctions between inside/outside, built form/landscape, site/urban context and theory/practice. There is often a highly narrative approach to the way in which their buildings are experienced, with focused attention to framed views and enhanced perspectives that benefit from a planned progression through fluidly linked spaces. Inventive and strategic methods of working are matched by an emphasis on the relationship with the client, who becomes a partner in creating the inherent character of each project.
In addition to guiding an emergent practice, Margaret and John are educators in design and technology at SCI_Arc, where John is the chair of the undergraduate department. This involvement in the educational realm assures that innovative and forward-thinking approaches to problem solving are integral to the approach of the firm. The pursuit of new potential is always paramount over the discovery of a single, fixed resolution. They are also active with non-profit and volunteer work, serving on local and state boards that support innovation in art, architecture, design, and urbanism. With these experiences, they continue to exhibit their skill in collaboration and involvement with the architectural community at large.
The firm is the recipient of over forty awards for design excellence including the 2006 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. The firm’s work has also been published and exhibited extensively in national and international publications and exhibitions and their project ‘Vertical Garden – Schindler’s Paradox Box’ is part of the permanent collection at the MAK (Museum for Applied Art / Contemporary Art) in Vienna, Austria.
Margaret Griffin, A.I.A. is a co-founder and Principal of the Los Angeles-based, Griffin Enright Architects, a collaborative practice that yields creative, forward-thinking designs. Their work combines innovation and experimentation with a desire to explore cultural complexities relative to the built environment. Griffin Enright Architects has been published extensively locally, nationally and internationally, and has received numerous awards for design excellence including, local and state AIA Awards and the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum In addition to guiding an emergent practice, Margaret is an educator with more than twenty years of experience teaching at universities including Syracuse University, USC, and UCLA. She is currently on the design and technology faculty at SCI-Arc. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia.
Margaret was granted a fellowship from the American Academy in Rome to investigate the relationship between urban form and landforms; a subject she continues to examine in her architectural practice through the integration of landscape design into their architectural practice. Ms. Griffin also expands her practice through community service; both as a director on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles AIA and as an appointed board member to Santa Monica’s Architectural Review Board.
Margaret continues to win recognition and awards for her work at Griffin Enright Architects, including the John Jerde Visiting Professorship at USC, the 26th Annual Interiors Award, finalist for the MoMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Competition, Los Angeles AIA Next LA Award , California Council AIA Merit Award, and a Los Angeles AIA Interior Architecture Award. Her work has been published widely locally, nationally and internationally in journals including Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Progressive Architecture, Interior Design, LA Architect, Praxis, Metropolis, Contract and Architecture Magazine.
John Enright, FAIA is a co-founder and Principal of the Los Angeles-based, Griffin Enright Architects, bringing over twenty four years of professional experience to the practice. The firm recently completed the award winning 36,000 sq. ft. St. Thomas the Apostle Education Campus in Los Angeles, CA and has completed a wide range of projects at all scales, from installations to residential and institutional projects. They are currently working on a series of projects in China.
John has taught design studios and technology seminars at SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), Syracuse University, The University of Houston, and until recently as an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. He is currently the Undergraduate Program Chair at SCI-Arc. John’s academic research focuses on design and building technology including Building Information Modeling and new digital paradigms as applied to fabrication and construction. An exhibition of his research into the work of Konrad Wachsmann was recently exhibited at the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. John has received numerous grants including USC’s Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative, and an NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and the Academy in 2009.
Prior to co-founding Griffin Enright Architects, John practiced collaboratively for twelve years in the internationally renowned firm, Morphosis, in Santa Monica. As one of two Associates in the firm led by Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne, he was responsible for project design, design direction, firm management, project management and project implementation and construction administration for the Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, California and for the Hypo Bank project in Klagenfurt, Austria.
John also recently served on the advisory committee for the national AIA’s Educator Practitioners Network (EPN), and has been appointed to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel. John earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University.