Grimshaw’s Chairman, Andrew Whalley →, has received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2022. The honour, awarded in the international list, recognises Andrew’s services to architecture and environmental sustainability.
From the start of his career at Grimshaw in the 1980s, Andrew has worked on many award-winning projects including the International Terminal at Waterloo → in London, UK; Eden Project →in Cornwall, UK; the redevelopment of the historic Paddington Station → in London, UK; the Experimental and Performing Arts Center → in Troy, New York, USA; the Fulton Center → in New York, USA and the design and delivery of Terra ― The Sustainability Pavilion → for Expo 2020 Dubai.
Appointed Deputy Chairman of Grimshaw in 2011 and then succeeding Sir Nicholas Grimshaw → as Chairman in 2019, Andrew has also overseen many of the practice’s public exhibitions and publications and has been instrumental in evolving the practice’s design approach, ambition and values. It is his leadership that has encouraged the development of Grimshaw’s international influence leading to, today, a network of studios across the world with over 550 people.
Andrew has also consolidated and extended the legacy of Nick Grimshaw’s practice across the wider architectural community: teaching and leading on academic programmes ― including the Royal College of Art, Imperial College and the Architectural Association in London, UK and the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in the USA and as an Adjunct Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy ― and advocating research and development. His commitment to developing design solutions and innovations which take inspiration from nature and technology is most recently evidenced in Grimshaw’s partnership with the Glasgow School of Art to launch a new biomimetic design course. Andrew’s focus on the environmental responsibility of architecture continues as he propels Grimshaw, and the design industry, forward to net zero and regenerative design.
Andrew was elected to the AIA College of Fellows for Design in 2019 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from his alma mater, The Glasgow School of Art. The Consortium for Sustainable Urbanisation honoured Andrew with their 2021 Champion Award.
‘It’s fantastic to be recognised with an OBE in this year’s honours list. I am incredibly proud of the architectural design industry and Grimshaw and the critical role we have to play with our clients, peers and stakeholders in tackling the climate and biodiversity crisis. This honour serves as more impetus to our environmental focus.’
Andrew Whalley, Chairman, Grimshaw
‘Andrew is an ambassador for the importance of intelligent purposeful design, and the awarding of his OBE is recognition of his architectural design excellence, stewardship of projects, and commitment to environmental design as we all, as a design community, strive to deliver a better more sustainable, future.’
Vincent Chang, Deputy Chairman, Grimshaw