Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin


Deadline Architects


Matthew Griffin studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal (Bsc Arch 1993) and at the Architectural Association in London (AA Dipl. 1996).

Matthew Griffin is the co-founder of DeadlineUrban Issue, and with Britta Jürgens. Lives and Works in Berlin. Active in various citizens initiatives, including Bürgerinitiative InvalidenstrasseTeam11 and Initiative Stadt Neudenken.

Deadline’s work explores the structural changes taking place (technological, social and economic) at the end of the mechanical age, and their particular effects on architecture and urban planning. To realize their projects they assume multiple roles intertwining political activism, project development, and design.

Since it first launched, Deadline has experienced an evolution in Berlin from abundant empty space in the center of town with no investors, to a shortage of space and investors knocking at their door – or as they put it “from ‘Wild East Frontier’ to ‘Hipness Capital of Europe’.”

Deadline recently finishes Germany’s first cultural co-ownership project, FRIZZ23, in Berlin Kreuzberg. In doing so, Deadline’s founders are expanding Berlin’s tradition of co-housing projects to a larger scale of collaborative thinking and collaborative developing. Read our interview below and read about Matthew’s motivation to take on the role of being a developer in addition to that of an architect, and to hear about the potentials and opportunities that have come from this move.

Deadline strives to inspire and empower people to create their city themselves, and explores these themes in the blog

Articles featuring Matthew Griffin

17 Inspirational Archipreneur Quotes that will Motivate You in 2017

In our interview series Archipreneur Insights we have spoken with more than 40 Archipreneurs. Experts and entrepreneurs in the field of architecture, building and development have answered our questions and giving us insight into their creative and unusual operations of their businesses and projects. From these interviews we want to share with you the most inspirational […]

How to Create Unique Urban Projects as an Architect Developer with Matthew Griffin

Welcome back to “Archipreneur Insights”, the interview series with leaders who are responsible for some of the world’s most exciting and creatively disarming architecture. The series largely follows those who have an architectural degree but have since followed an entrepreneurial or alternative career path but also interviews other key players in the building and development […]

How the Architects at ‘Deadline’ Became Their Own Clients to Design Their First Building

Welcome to our projects series where we present benchmarks of urban living – self developed by architects and creative city makers. This week we want to present you the project Slender – Bender by Berlin based Deadline. Slender – Bender is the first building of Deadline’s architects Matthew Griffin and Britta Jürgens. In embarking on this project […]

Products featuring Matthew Griffin

Report #04

Architect and Developer:
A Case Study Handbook to Getting Started

In our Architect and Developer report you can read 10 interviews of practicing Architect and Developers who share their stories and how they got started with the first projects. Learn from their first-hand experiences and be inspired to start with your own project.

Quotes from Matthew Griffin

  • "We believe that to have the chance to do groundbreaking architectural work, you have to have control of many of the aspects that traditionally lie with developers."
  • Locally integrated community development is based on the principle of, “I build what I need,” and, “I build it exactly for that purpose.”
  • "The future for architectural innovation is to try and find ways of developing the city together with the people."
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