Graham Morrison

Partner Emeritus

Graham founded the practice with Bob Allies in 1984. Over more than 35 years, he has fostered a clear design direction and helped to build the practice we know today. Graham's influence is evident across the breadth of our projects and his concerns have ranged from the scale of the smallest detail and how buildings are made to the scale of significant masterplans such as the redevelopment of King’s Cross, now considered a global exemplar in urban design to the smallest detail.

Graham lectures both internationally and across the UK. He was a Professor of Architecture at the University of Nottingham, an elected National Member to the RIBA Council, the chair of its Exhibition Committee and a director of the RIBA Journal. He has judged several major architectural competitions, served as a Civic Trust assessor, a CABE Design Review Panellist and a Royal Fine Art Commissioner. He has chaired Design Review Panels in Southwark and the South Downs National Park.

A concerned interest in built heritage has been a consistent theme in Graham’s career, from the practice’s first commission at The Mound, Edinburgh, to the refurbishment of the Grade I -listed Royal Festival Hall (shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2008). He was a member of English Heritage’s London Advisory Committee and a Commissioner of Historic England. He has spoken out on issues concerning the built and urban environments, from calling for a rethink of ‘look at me’ iconic architecture in our cities to proposing that the River Thames be listed.

Graham studied architecture under Sir Leslie Martin at the University of Cambridge and as a student was awarded the Brancusi Prize to travel to Finland to study the work of Alvar Aalto, an architect who continues to inspire him to this day. In 2016, he was awarded an OBE for services to architecture. In 2019, with designer/maker Rupert Fisher, he co-founded Fisher Morrison, a joinery workshop in a converted dairy barn in the heart of the South Downs.