Graham and Bob Allies founded the practice in 1984 and together they continue to retain responsibility for its design direction.
Graham trained at Cambridge University and won the Brancusi prize to travel to Finland and study the work of Alvar Aalto. He has lectured extensively both at home and abroad, has held a visiting professorship at Nottingham University and has been an External Examiner at Cambridge and Portsmouth Universities.
He has served as an RIBA Council member, been an advisor to the Cabinet Office and has judged a number of major competitions. He was a member of the Arts Council Lottery Committee, a Royal Fine Art Commissioner and a CABE Design Review panellist. He has been a member of English Heritage’s London Advisory Committee, a chair of Southwark’s design review panel, a Commissioner of Historic England and is a member of its Urban Panel. He is currently a chair of the South Downs National Park design review panel.
In 2016 Graham was awarded an OBE for services to architecture.