Grimshaw Architects Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimshaw_Architects

Grimshaw Architects
FoundedLondon, United Kingdom
Number of locations
7 Studios
Los Angeles
New York City
Area served
Key people
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw
Andrew Whalley
ServicesArchitecture, Industrial Design

Grimshaw Architects (formerly Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners) is an architectural firm based in London. Founded in 1980 by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, the firm was one of the pioneers of high-tech architecture.[1] In particular, they are known for their design of transport projects including Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA railway station, Waterloo International railway station and the award-winning Southern Cross railway station which was the recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects Lubetkin Prize.[2] Grimshaw is behind the design of the Sustainability Pavilion, an innovative net-zero building, for Expo 2020.[3] The firm currently has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Dubai, Melbourne and Sydney, employing over 600 staff.



Grimshaw has 21 partners worldwide: Jolyon Brewis, Keith Brewis, Andrew Byrne, Vincent Chang, Andrew Cortese, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, William Horgan, Mark Husser, Michael Janeke, Ewan Jones, Annelie Kvick Thompson, Kirsten Lees, Declan McCafferty, Neill McClements, Mark Middleton, Andrew Perez, Juan Porral, Neven Sidor, Neil Stonell, Andrew Thomas, and Andrew Whalley.[4]

Project list[edit]

Major projects, by year of completion and ordered by type, are:

Panoramic view of the geodesic biome domes at the Eden Project

Arts and culture[edit]

Thermae Bath Spa: the main building, 2006


The National Space Centre in Leicester
  • IJburg Bridge, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2001
  • Newport City footbridge, Newport, South Wales, 2006
  • Seafarers Bridge, Melbourne, Australia, 2008
  • A40 Western Avenue Footbridge, London, UK, 2009

Science and education[edit]


Southern Cross Station
London Bridge Station


Office and workplace[edit]

Grand Union Walk Housing – Flats behind Sainsbury's supermarket, Camden Town, 1988


Mixed use and housing[edit]

  • Sainsbury's Store & Grand Union Walk Housing, London, UK, 1988
  • Via Verde – The Green Way, The Bronx, US, 2012
  • Harbour Mill Apartments, Sydney, Australia, 2015






  • Commonwealth Institute of Architects; Robert Matthew Awards
  • AJ 100: International Practice of the Year




  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Award— Via Verde
  • 2013 AIA Housing and Urban Development Secretary's Award— Via Verde
  • AIA New York State Award of Excellence— Via Verde


  • Carbuncle Cup – Building Design Awards


  • AIA Honor Award – Horno 3: Museo Del Acero



  • Lubetkin Prize – Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Australia[2]
  • 2007 RIBA International Award – Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Australia[9]


In October 2019, UK publications Construction News and Architects' Journal published a joint investigation into fatalities at Istanbul Airport - nicknamed by workers "the cemetery" as so many have died. By this point, the official death toll was 55, but unofficial estimates suggested the figure could "be higher than 400".[10] Grimshaw was one of four architects employed on the airport's design, three of them UK-based (the other two were Scott Brownrigg and Haptic Architects). As concept architects, Grimshaw ceased working on the project before the construction phase, and voiced shock and sadness about what it described as the "alarmingly high number" of subsequent deaths.[10]


Grimshaw's first exhibition titled Product + Process debuted in 1988. The firm has since produced four exhibitions: Structure Space + Skin (1993), Fusion [11] (1998), Equilibrium[12] (2000), and Micro to Macro: Grimshaw in New York [13] (2007). The latest exhibition, Equation: Design Inspired by Nature, launched on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre in Singapore. Equation explores a series of themes that investigate biomimicry, biophilia and ecosystems and their influence on design.[14]


  • Grimshaw Architecture: The First Thirty Years[15]
  • Blue 02: Systems and Structure[16]
  • Blue 01: Water, Energy and Waste[17]
  • The Sketchbooks of Nicholas Grimshaw[18]
  • The Making of Station Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA[19]
  • The Architecture of Eden[20]
  • Equilibrium[21]
  • Grimshaw: Architecture, Industry and Innovation[22]
  • Structure, Space and Skin: The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners[23]
  • British Pavilion Seville Exposition[24]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Davies, Colin. "High Tech Architecture" (PDF). Retrieved 2 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b World Architecture News. "Grimshaw's Southern Cross Station wins Lubetkin prize". Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Sustainability first and foremost". 3 March 2020.
  4. ^ ArchitypeSource. "Grimshaw Architects Profile". Archived from the original on 1 September 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  5. ^ "RIBA Honors Nicholas Grimshaw with 2019 Royal Gold Medal". architectmagazine.com. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  6. ^ Hurst, Will (19 June 2019). "Grimshaw wins AJ100 Practice of the Year 2019". Architects Journal. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  7. ^ "London Bridge Station". Steel Construction Info. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  8. ^ "AJ100 - Grimshaw". aj100.architectsjournal.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  9. ^ RIBA website. "RIBA International Awards / Winners 2007". Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  10. ^ a b Garner-Purkis, Zac; Hurst, Will (10 October 2019). "Investigation: the human cost of building the world's biggest airport". Architects' Journal. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  11. ^ Images Publishing (2001). International Architecture Yearbook 7. ISBN 9781864701036. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  12. ^ Hugh Pearman. "Equilibrium: The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners". Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  13. ^ E-Oculus. "Macro to Micro: Grimshaw in New York". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  14. ^ URA. "Equation". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  15. ^ Merrick, Jay; Grimshaw, Nicholas; Partners, Nicholas Grimshaw and (2011). Grimshaw Architects: The First 30 Year. ISBN 978-3791350738.
  16. ^ Blue 02: Systems and Structure. ISBN 0982587511.
  17. ^ Blue 01: Water, Energy and Waste. 2009. ISBN 978-0982587508.
  18. ^ Grimshaw, Nicholas; Farthing, Stephen; Davey, Peter (2009). The Sketchbooks of Nicholas Grimshaw. ISBN 978-1905711628.
  19. ^ Sdu Uitgevers. "The Making of Station Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA". Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  20. ^ Pearman, Hugh; Whalley, Andrew (2003). The Architecture of Eden. ISBN 1903919150.
  21. ^ Pearman, Hugh (5 January 2000). Equilibrium. ISBN 0714839582.
  22. ^ Amery, Colin (30 March 2000). Grimshaw: Architecture, Industry and Innovation. ISBN 0714839345.
  23. ^ Powell, Kenneth (19 October 1995). Structure, Space and Skin: The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners. ISBN 0714834572.
  24. ^ Davies, Colin (January 1992). British Pavilion Seville Exposition. ISBN 0714827479.

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