Andy has been practicing architecture for over 7 years. He has experience designing on multiple scales: stadiums, convention centers, corporate headquarters, higher education, mix-use multi family, and local schools. He is passionate about the connections that the built environment forms with the users and the community that they serve. He lives by the belief that architecture is an investment that forms a relationship with people. He is experienced in listening to the needs of his clients and helping them form a vision that is meaningful and concise. Civic designs, school design and learning environment planning as it enhances induvial performance in the educational environment connect strongly with his drive for purposeful architecture. He has been involved in spreading his love for the profession of architecture through advocacy in his volunteering with local schools in his community. He truly believes the quote by Winston Churchill; “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
What is something you love about Architecture? We are creating space – that we can occupy, assigning finishes – that we can engage our senses, and creating place – that we can experience. When you have stood in a designed space that you have done and think about these things, it’s always a wonderful feeling.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Being amazed by my daughter’s reactions to places and things that I love and being shown a new joy or perspective that is seen through her eyes.
Before working at GVSA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? I love going to museums and experiencing the space and the stories that the exhibits share. I thought it would be a great college job to be a security guard at the fine art museum on campus. I was wrong, I learned if you love a certain narrative experience, sometimes it’s best to stay on that side of the experience.
What would your perfect weekend look like? Paris, in early Summer – wandering through my favorite museums, churches, and festivals along the Seine river. Engaging with the history, but most importantly the cafes, farmer’s markets, and restaurants. My senses are alive in Paris, it inspires me and leaves me free to discovery.