Griffiths, a founder member of the architecture studio, Fashion Architecture Taste (FAT), has enjoyed a long association with the Department of Architecture at Westminster, initially as a student and more recently as a teacher and researcher.
The appointment strengthens the Department of Architecture’s commitment to educating students for practice, and to the recognition of practice as research. Part of Griffiths’ remit in his new role will be to integrate practice activities into the educational ethos of the University of Westminster’s postgraduate architecture courses.
In addition to this, Griffiths will play a pivotal role in setting up workshops and lectures by prominent Westminster alumni currently involved in a variety of types of practice, including innovative architecture, journalism, property development and film. The aim of these workshops is to demonstrate, by example, the great potential that an architectural education offers.
Professor Katharine Heron, Head of Westminster’s Department of Architecture said: ‘Sean’s achievement as a practitioner and teacher is fantastic and his appointment offers very exciting new possibilities for students and colleagues. We want to continue to explore and demonstrate, the enormous potential that a broad and innovative architectural education can offer students for a variety of forms of practice including that of being an architect.”
Sean Griffiths said: ‘I’m particularly pleased that the Professorship is at the University of Westminster, which was the springboard for the formation of FAT and has been a fantastic workshop for ideas that have found their way into my practice work, a process that will no doubt continue.
“In my new role I want to highlight alternative forms of practice, exemplified by firms such as FAT, which emerged from the University of Westminster, as well as draw attention to the huge variety of activities in fields such as fine art, journalism, property development, social activism and arts consultancy that a number of prominent former students currently undertake. This is particularly important in light of the ongoing debate about the value of architectural education.’
In 2015, Griffiths will take part in a major exhibition, curated by David Thorp, at the University’s Ambika P3 exhibition space, working title ‘Potential Architectures.’
Griffiths will combine the new role of Professor of Architecture at University of Westminster with his continuing practice as an architect, designer, artist, writer and teacher.