/ˈgrɪfən/ (say 'grifuhn)

1. Marion Lucy Mahoney, 1871–1963, US architect in Australia; co-designer, with her husband Walter, of the plan for the city of Canberra.
2. Walter Burley, 1876–1937, US architect in Australia; designer of the original plan, later modified, for the city of Canberra.
In 1912 Walter Burley Griffin won an international competition for the design of Australia's national capital. His wife and fellow architect, Marion Mahony Griffin, worked with him on the entry, demonstrating her drafting skills in the sectional drawings and perspective watercolours. Their design proposed a Capitol building as the centre point to a triangular grouping of terraced administrative buildings in an `organic arrangement' of legislative and judiciary functions, beside an artificial lake. Opposition from budget-conscious public-works officials was not resolved by Griffin's appointment (1913–20) as part-time federal-capital director of design and construction. Revised four times, the `Griffin plan' was gazetted as the street layout in 1925. Griffin retained architecture practices in Chicago, Melbourne and Sydney, his best-known buildings being Newman College (1917) at the University of Melbourne, and Melbourne's Capitol Theatre (1924). He produced plans for the towns of Leeton and Griffith, NSW, and for the Sydney suburb of Castlecrag, and designs for municipal incinerators. In 1935, with Marion, he went to India to work on commissions in Lucknow.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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