Andrew Kingdon

Senior Associate 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 over 12 years of Higher Education experience, Andrew has led a number of our most significant university projects from inception through to completion.

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?

Universities are often looking to reinvent what they have before investing in the new. Creative reuse has evolved from the simple refurbishment of existing facilities to a far more dynamic reinterpretation of existing stock. One of my own favourite examples is the conversion of a former Victorian boiler house into a 250 seat multi-use lecture theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London as part of an initiative called ‘Found Space’.

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.

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