Course Leader, Architecture BA(Hons)

Tanya Griffiths is a Chartered Architect with over 25 years practice experience working in senior and management positions in London and the Southwest. She worked for 10 years at Foster and Partners in London including on the Reichstag in Berlin. She studied Architecture at Cambridge University and the Bartlett, UCL and holds an MSc in Sustainable Heritage with distinction from UCL. 

She was the director of the Architecture Centre for Devon and Cornwall funded by CABE, delivering design advocacy for the built environment which included design review, design enabling and training for local authorities and public engagement practice. She has wide ranging sector experience—regionally and internationally, including specialisms in cultural and visitor attractions, heritage and adaptive re-use, urban design, commercial and healthcare Architecture.

She became Course Leader for Architecture at Falmouth University in 2023 and has a special interest in the intersection between academic and practice Architecture having trained many Architects in a practice setting. This is particularly in light of the need to advance environmental, social, and economic sustainability in the built environment.

She has been an enthusiastic advocate for arts and culture through her work as a trustee, board and committee member of a number of arts and heritage organisations in Devon and Cornwall.

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Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2015 MSc Sustainable Heritage ( Distinction) UCL
2000 Part III Professional Examination UCL (Bartlett)
1996 Dip Arch UCL (Bartlett)
1993 MA Architecture Cambridge University

Honors and awards

Year Description

David Roberts Memorial Prize for Dissertation (Cambridge University)

Membership of external committees

Board Member of Design Action Devon and Cornwall, Panel Member Design West Design Review Panel

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Sustainable Heritage
  • Sustainable Architecture and Adaptive Re-use
  • Architecture of the Experience Economy
  • 20th century architecture
  • Architecture of Space Infrastructure

Research Topics

  • Sustainable Heritage
  • Architecture of the Experience Economy
  • Adaptive Re-Use


Areas of teaching

  • Architecture
  • ARB Part II Examination

Courses taught

  • Architecture BA(Hons)

CPD delivered

  • 'Building in Context' new build within historic environments
  • Design For Life programme training

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Engagement with organisations which contribute to the development of educational, cultural or socio-economic policies in Cornwall

Development of Area Action Plans and development plans (multiple).

Business Engagement

Consultancy and facility services

Design West Design Review

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

ARB registered and member of RIBA