Keith Griffiths (architect)

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Keith Griffiths
Born Keith Griffiths
(1954-10-12) 12 October 1954 (age 60)
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Alma mater St. John's College
(University of Cambridge)
Occupation Chairman of Aedas
Children Tanya Griffiths, Sion Griffiths and Bryn Griffiths
Website
www.aedas.com

Keith Griffiths RIBA FHKIA (born 12 October 1954) is a British architect who founded and chairs Aedas, one of the largest global architecture and design practices.[1] Since 1983 and for most of his career he has resided in Hong Kong.

Early life and education[edit]

Griffiths was born to Emrys and Jane Griffiths in 1954 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. He was brought up in the small cathedral city of St Davids, in Wales.[2] He attended Ysgol Dewi Sant, St Davids School and read architecture at St John's College, University of Cambridge[3] where he received a Masters in Architecture in 1976 and a Diploma in Architecture in 1979. In 1979 he registered as an architect (ARB) and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He was awarded a fellow ship of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) in 2001.[4]

Career[edit]

From 1978 to 1980 Griffiths worked for Arup Associates before joining Foster and Partners in London as a member of the design team for the new Hongkong and Shanghai Bank headquarters (HSBC) in Hong Kong.[5] In 1983 he moved to Hong Kong with other core designers of the building to continue the design and to supervise the construction of the project to its completion in 1985. Upon completion of the HSBC project, Keith Griffiths and Anthony Hackett set up Hackett and Griffiths in Hong Kong.[6] Hackett and Griffiths first commission was the new Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club sailing Centre at Middle Island. Further commissions included LandMark 2, Bangkok in 1987 for First Pacific Land; Pacific Plaza, Singapore in 1988 for LET Pacific (formerly London and Edinburgh Trust);[7] Gaysorn Shopping Centre, Bangkok in 1988 for Gaysorn Property Company Ltd.[8]

In 1990 Griffiths left Hackett and Griffiths to set up his own practice Griffiths Associates and in 1992 merged with Liang Peddle Thorp which was subsequently renamed LPT Architects. [8]

LPT Architects established offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and designed the John Hancock Tower in Singapore;.[9]

In 1999 Griffiths acquired the company and restructured the ownership. Under his leadership the company grew to 250 staff by 2000 with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

To create a global design practice, Griffiths invited the UK practice of Abbey Holford Rowe to jointly own a new design company and in 2002 the former companies of Abbey Holford Rowe and LPT changed their names to Aedas.[10] Its operations grew from 550 employees in 2002 to 1,800 staff in 2008 when it became one of the world's five largest architectural practices, a position which it continues to hold in 2014.[11]

Community[edit]

In 2009, Griffiths established the Griffiths-Roch Foundation to purchase and restore historic buildings in the St. Davids peninsula of Pembrokeshire, Wales as luxury hotels. In 2012 the Foundation completed restoration upon the 12th century Roch Castle and former Tudorbethan vicarage of Penrhiw. These two historic buildings are operated by the Retreats Group as Roch Castle Hotel and Penrhiw Hotel. A further property in St Davids, the 18th century Twr y Felin windmill and hotel is under restoration and due to open in 2015.[12]

Griffiths was Chairman of the Asian Youth Orchestra from 2010–2013[13] and is a Director of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Griffiths has three children – daughter Tanya Lucia (born 1989) and two sons Sion Michael (born 1995) and Bryn Aidan (born 1999).

Honour[edit]

In 2012, Griffiths was named Honorary Fellow of University of Wales, Trinity Saint David in recognition of his contribution in restoring important historic buildings in Wales as exclusive five star hotels and retreats.[15] In 2014, Griffiths named Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University, Wales.[16]

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