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“Architecture must be about people.”



Architect specialist in research, teaching and learning environments


Bachelor of Architecture (Syd) — Stephenson Turner Medal

Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects

Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia

Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects

Member representing the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Standards Australia Committee for AS/NZS 2982 "Laboratory Design and Construction" 1975-2012


2014 National Architecture Award for UTAS Institute For Marine & Antarctic Studies

2010 South Australian award for sustainibility for the Mawson Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (MIAM), Adelaide

2007 RAIA Queensland Regional Awards: Commendation to Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

2005 What’s New Magazine Laboratory of the Year for APAF at Macquarie University, Sydney

2004 What’s New Magazine Laboratory of the Year for Waterview Laboratories, Albury

2000 Sulman Award for Life Sciences Research, Newcastle University as Specialist Laboratory Design Consultant with Suters Architects and Stutchbury & Pape


Laboratory Design Guide Higher Education Teaching and Learning Space Design Guide Modernist to Specialist

Laboratory Design Guide

Architectural Press/Elsevier Oxford

Third edition 2008

Available from Amazon

Higher Education Teaching & Learning Space Design Guide

First edition 2014

Available from Amazon

Modernist to Specialist: for students considering a career in architure

First edition 2015

Free download (6mb)

2014 National Architecture Award for UTAS Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies

John Wardle Architects + Terroir in Association Brian Griffin Laboratory Design

second floor

second floor plan


first floor plan

first floor plan


ground floor plan

ground floor plan


Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart

The Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, Perth UniSA Microfluidics Cleanroom Laboratories for Ian Wark Research Institute

Mawson Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (MIAM), Adelaide

Ecological Research Centre, University of Wollongong

St John of God Hospital – Pathology, Perth

Molecular Science, James Cook University, Townsville

Australian Institute of Sport, Haematology Laboratory

Canberra Bio Innovation SA Incubator Building, Adelaide

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland, University of Technology (QUT), Kelvin Grove Campus Brisbane

Centre for Clinical Immunology & Biomedical Statistics, Perth

Roads and Traffic Authority, Materials Testing Facilities

Australian Proteomic Analysis Facility, Macquarie University

Acid Leeching laboratory, Archaeology, Macquarie University

Devro Australia, QA Laboratory, Bathurst

Incubator Suites at Australian Technology Park, Sydney for Medsaic P/L and Advanced Metal Coatings P/L

Sigma-Aldrich P/L, QA Laboratory Sydney

Coates Australia QA and R&D

ECOLAB QA Labs, Sydney

School of Life Sciences, University of Tasmania

Mine Safety Laboratory, Mineral Resources, NSW

SydPath in St Vincents Hospital redevelopment, Sydney

Hunter Area Pathology Services (HAPS) laboratories

Science buildings, Sydney Institute of Technology

National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour

Townsville General Hospital Pathology

AgriQuality laboratories in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand

Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Macquarie Pathology

Chemical Sciences Building, University of NSW

Medical Sciences/Biology Newcastle University, Life Sciences Building

Science Building, University of Adelaide

Dow Corning Science & Technology Laboratories at Macquarie Research Park

Waterview Laboratories for Albury City Services

Hunter Water Australia Laboratories, Newcastle

Seed, Grain & Biotechnology QA and R&D, Wodonga

Kemcor Australia QA Laboratories, Melbourne

Australian Antarctic Division, Kingston, Tasmania

Analytical Research Laboratories, Napier, New Zealand

Central West Pathology Services, Orange

Hampson Pathology Laboratories, Sydney

ACTEW Corporation Laboratories, Fyshwick

New England Pathology, Glenn Innes

United Distillers, Melbourne

Sterling Winthrop Research & QA

Shell Refining, Clyde

John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle

Biology Research & Teaching, University of Wollongong

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland, University of Technology (QUT), Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane

Peristitial space

By installing all mechanical services outside the laboratories in a "peristitial space", maintenance and alterations can be done without disturbing lab staff.

Construction time is greatly reduced as engineering can be installed concurrently with lab fitout.

Both examples are at IHBI, QUT, Brisbane.



UPNG Forum

The Forum
University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG)

When the Vice Chancellor, Dr Gunther opened the new University of Papua New Guinea, UPNG, in 1968 he said that they were assembled in the Forum “which was a gift from the Design Architect, Brian Griffin”. Brian had researched the new UK Universities and discovered that the students wanted a large court for casual gatherings and free speech.

The forum is a covered space, the roof supported high up on the library and Union roofs. Open on two sides, there is always a cool breeze to enjoy and sheltered from the midday rain. The amphitheatre doubles for free speech and musical or drama performances on the mound.


Space Lab 'Kit-of-Parts' laboratory furniture 1980

Space Lab is still in production




Griffin Tablet: Designed for Sebel 1971

Students can use the tablet without preventing access to other seats

Intensive Care equipment column 1978

First design to provide the medical team access to the patient’s head.