The Los Angeles-based firm of Griffin Enright Architects, established in 2000 by Margaret Griffin, FAIA and John Enright, FAIA, 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 transcends the traditional scope of architectural practice, underscoring connections to the surrounding urban fabric and landscape – allowing urban context, architecture, and landscape to be experienced in new unanticipated ways.
Griffin Enright’s practice is augmented by their community involvement and ongoing relationships with educational institutions allowing them to bridge the professional and academic sides of architecture. John serves on the Mayor’s Design Advisory Board and Margaret is on the City of Santa Monica’s Architectural Review Board and previously served on the Los Angeles AIA Board of Directors. In addition to guiding an emergent practice, Margaret and John teach design and technology courses at SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), one of the most innovative architectural schools in the country, where John is currently the Vice Director.
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’ is part of the permanent collection at the MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art) in Vienna, Austria and they were also recent participants in the “New Sculpturalism” exhibition at MOCA.