Renovating and giving new life to old things seems to be in my blood. As a teenager, I discovered the world of antique furniture restoration with my dad. Then, in my late 20s, I bought an old house – probably the ugliest one in Decatur, Georgia. After I gutted it, replaced the windows, and restored the front porch, it turned out to be the nicest house on the street, and I was hooked on design.

So I shrugged off a 13-year career in health care to study architecture. It turned out to be a good fit. After four years at Georgia Tech, I earned my master’s degree, worked for a couple of architecture firms, then ventured out on my own as Bruce Griffeth Architect, with a focus on green design – long before “green” went mainstream.

As a lover of the natural world, I have always been concerned about the use of our planet’s energy sources. When an old building is undergoing a renovation transformation, making it as energy efficient as possible is a win-win for the owner and the planet, and I get to indulge in my passion: creating beautiful, healthy, and energy-efficient spaces for people to enjoy.


Bruce Griffeth, AIA