People Keith Brewis


Since joining the firm in 1995 Keith has been integral in establishing Grimshaw as a major global practice. His time here has taken him around the world and back and has seen him working into a portfolio of projects spanning all sectors and scales.

Keith cut his teeth playing a leadership role on several of Grimshaw’s seminal European projects including the Paddington Station re-development →, Fundación Caixa Galicia → and the UK National Space Centre →. In 2001 the firm was invited to help the Civic Nexus PPP bid for Southern Cross Station → in Melbourne. Keith led the design which secured Grimshaw’s first major project on the continent. This project was ultimately awarded the RAIA National award and RIBA Lubetkin Prize.

Having fully relocated with his family to Australia in 2002, and on completion of the station project in 2006, Keith remained in Melbourne founding Grimshaw’s first permanent office in the southern hemisphere. Under his leadership, Keith ran all of the office’s projects for the next 5 years, while setting up the second new studio in Sydney.

After a decade in Australia, Keith returned to the UK to oversee its new studios from his London base. From here, he was instrumental in securing and leading the designs for Tun Razak Exchange master plan → in Kuala Lumpur, the Oman Botanic Gardens → and the Dubai Expo Sustainability Pavilion →, all of which are now under construction. He helped establish our permanent office in Dubai and is now looking at the opportunity for studios in Southern China and South East Asia.

Currently, Keith is involved in the Waverley Station master plan in Edinburgh, the YTL Bristol Arena →, the DIFC Phase 2 master plan in Dubai and the Shenzhen East Transport Interchange →. Through these projects, he has committed to encouraging urban, social and environmental progress as well as the production of beautiful architecture. Keith is dedicated to upholding progressive, regenerative sustainability goals in all his work, and has a passion for the interplay between landscape-based ecology and architecture.

Keith’s international experience and relationships have enabled him opportunities to speak at universities across the world, as well as being an active member of the British Council for Offices →, the ULI →, the Built Environment → Leaders Group and CTBUH →. The latest lectures he has delivered showcase his commitment to tackling the challenge society faces in its search for an ecologically-conscious urbanism.