Richard Andrews' 21-year career in the construction industry has given him a wealth of practical experience which, together with his architectural expertise and unswerving commitment to each project, represents a particularly winning combination for his clients. Richard Andrews Architects is a thriving and creative design-led architectural practice providing services to commercial and domestic clients across the UK.
Image Credit: 1) Associated Architects 2) Architects Journal 3) Timber design Mag 4) Apexaluminium 5) Inhabitat
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
Down to earth approach which helps break the ice at the outset. A mixture of taking the time to understand the customers’ requirements and then presenting clear 3D solutions that reflect their ideas with our unique creative thinking.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
The first thing we do is arrange the meeting at the property and spend time discussing and listening to the client’s ideas and wishes. It allows us to develop the understanding of their lifestyle and space and subsequently provide unique designs just for them. Context (surrounding area) is hugely important.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I have been fortunate to work with many creative people, however, the architects Chris Loyn and Martin Jochman had a particularly great influence on me. Chris taught of a freer way of designing the buildings, whereas Martin inspired me with his creative mind in a bigger sense.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I try to stay away from social media and TV. During the weekends I free my mind through music and sport.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Passion for design, a need for creativity, desire to help people to achieve their property dreams as well as the ambition to remove stubbornness from the profession by increasing communication at a start of a project; thus, avoiding barriers and closed minds. My advice is - do not be afraid to take risks to create your own ideas.