Andrew Kingdon

Associate Director

As an architect, Andrew always aspires to design inspiring, sustainable spaces and places that people love to use. He believes working collaboratively with clients, focusing on their needs and aspirations, is the best way to achieve this.

With a wide range of experience leading large-scale and complex projects across multiple sectors including Education, Workplace, and Healthcare, Andrew is a trusted designer that has worked with some of our most valued clients. He is positive, pragmatic and believes in holistic design to ensure that the highest quality projects can be affordable, buildable, and sustainable.

What is your favourite project to date?

It has to be the Faculty of Environment and Technology for the University of the West of England. It was my first major project after qualifying as an architect. It’s also where I studied and my ex-tutors happened to be part of the client team! The project used a number of innovative technologies and materials including prefabricated straw bale panels to deliver a sustainable building. The whole building is used as a teaching tool and an example for the architecture and design students who inhabit it.

What is the current big trend in your sector?

I have never really placed much importance on the latest trends, fashions or buzzwords in architecture. The longevity of buildings mean they have to transcend short term trends and I believe the focus should always be on design quality.

Saying that, within higher education the ‘creative reuse’ of buildings seems to have evolved from the simple refurbishment of existing facilities to a far more dynamic reinterpretation of existing stock. Within healthcare, the recent government push towards the use of modern methods of construction and the need to achieve zero carbon is presenting some interesting design and construction challenges.

What is the greatest invention ever?

The aeroplane. The ability to travel quickly over great distances has allowed us to explore the world and experience different cultures and places. My travel experiences have greatly influenced me as an architect and designer.

What is your proudest moment?

Walking into the completed atrium of Bristol Business School and seeing it filled with students, staff and visitors for the first time. The building was, and remains, a hive of activity. Witnessing the space working as intended and people enjoying the building puts a smile on my face.

  • Faculty of Environment and Technology, UWE – RIBA, Best Civic Building 2011
  • Bristol Business School – Best Student Experience, Education Estates Award 2018