This week, we like the über talented Hoxton Architect, Andrew K Green!
30 Jul 2014
- NOISE Festival 2014
We first met Andrew back in 2008, where we hooked him up with a NOISE Dream Job at Blueprint Magazine. Since then, he has spent a significant amount of his architectural career down under. He was the winner of his category in both the Northern Design Competition and the Building Design Magazine Class of 2010. Andrew was then also a finalist in the 2012 Great Britons Art Competition with British Airways, selected by Tracy Emin.
We’re in absolute awe of Andrew’s design skill, with his ePortfolio boasting technical sketches and 3D models alike. He’s gone and kitted it out further, listing everything from qualifications to professional experience and not forgetting the awards he’s received. You can see how he did this by taking a look at our blog series.
We caught up with Andrew and quizzed him on what makes him tick – read all about it below.
What's your Dream Job?
It’s always been my long term plan to set up my own multidisciplinary design studio. However, I still feel I am evolving as a designer and have much more to learn in practice, so my current dream job would be gaining further professional experience with architects and designers I respect and admire.
I’m also interested in getting into teaching, establishing an active dialogue between research, theory and practice.
Is being a creative your full time job?
Since I started my undergraduate studies, I have only ever worked in the creative industries. More recently my career has been in constant flux. After graduating my masters, I made the decision to work all over the world, essentially shopping around in design firms to build up my resumé, learning from directly experiencing architecture and finding out how buildings are made for other cultures/societies.
I’ve worked in offices in Manchester, London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore. Sometimes this can lead to financial peaks and troughs (the whole time spent in North America, I didn't earn a penny!), however it's hard to put a price on the sheer amount of what I'm gaining from this internationally diverse experience.
Describe your creative genius in 5 words.
Genius is a very strong word…My creative process, isn’t in any way linear or defined, but in the simplest terms, I have a belief in the manifestation of ideas through working and commonalities lie in my reliance on visceral intuition, the aspiration to ‘re-think’, the integration of art and technology and the rigorous dialogue between physical and digital modelling.
With design, I’m very much driven by necessity, beauty and proportion however, with architecture there are many other complex constituents to consider. I am overtly influenced by people, context, program and the variables of what it means to be in one place or another, absorbing all the philosophical, historical, economic, political, ecological and socio-cultural circumstances surrounding a project.
In 5 words, my abstract methodology may read;
Context > Concept > Materiality > Craftsmanship > Phenomena.
I’ve followed NOISE pretty much since its inauguration in 2006. I’m passionate about its charitable mission and I’m affectionately nostalgic about growing up in Manchester. They also awarded me with a NOISE Dream Job placement with Blueprint Magazine off the back of my undergraduate thesis project in summer 2009.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given and who's it from?
To eat well and sleep.
It stems from my days in architecture school when many students were doing sequential all nighters before seemingly unstable presentations.
Rest, reflection and nutrition will reward you in increased productivity, mental clarity and many critically inspiring decisions are made subliminally.
I also believe in the importance of travel, gaining direct experience with architecture, cities and urbanism. Go visit your favourite buildings in the flesh and build up a considered personal response to the world.
Do you reckon it's all about who you know, not what you know in this business?
I wouldn’t say “ALL”, but it does seem your network/connections play a significant part of success in the creative industries. I like to think that there isn’t much in life that takes precedence over education, skill and knowledge. What you know may hopefully be a prerequisite to who you will become to know.
What's your favourite Michael Jackson song and why?
“Scream”. I have a vivid recollection of seeing the video when I was around 10 years old. The attitude, edgy instrumentals, minimal graphic styling and monochromatic contrast has a really fresh, innovative profile that I found pretty game-changing.
Tell us about the defining moment when you thought 'I WANT TO BE AN ARTIST'
Having the neuro-diverse double-whammy of Dyslexia and ADHD, I’ve repetedly experienced difficulty in core curriculum (linear sequential) subjects and success in creative arts (visual spatial) subjects in high school which lead to my systematic progression onto art school. It was there that I majored in fine art, graphic design and photography.
It was predominantly perceived career instability in creative industries that lead me to apply to study architecture. I also saw it as the pinnacle of design and figured once I qualified, I could consider branching into other disciplines and decide exactly what it is that I want to do, and as of last month, that is now a reality.
You can see Andrew’s ePortfolio for yourself, here.
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