Andrew Cortese is the Managing Partner in Grimshaw's Sydney studio, having joined Grimshaw as a Partner in 2009 and established Grimshaw’s the office in 2010. He is jointly responsible for leading Grimshaw’s Australian operations.
After two decades in practice, his expertise is currently focussed on the initiation of urban master planning at a number of scales, which range from precincts to cities. Included in this is the urban framework for Central to Eveleigh, and the architecture of significant state projects which revolve around transport and infrastructure. His on-going contribution to science and learning includes the award winning laboratories at the University of New South Wales → and New South Wales’ first vertical high school in Parramatta.
Andrew’s other areas of expertise include mixed use tall buildings, cultural facilities, such as the Sydney Opera House, multi-unit housing, and industrial design urban componentry, including Sydney’s CBD and South East Light Rail. He also led the design of the internationally awarded Olympic Tennis centres in Beijing and Sydney.
Andrew creates exceptional solutions through an abiding commitment to collaborative partnerships. Each of his projects strives to be in service to the people, places and cities in which they work. His work is characterised by the pursuit of genuine innovation, new technologies, the exploration of using new materials and the development of integrated environmental systems. The result is precise, beautiful, and distinctive architecture that acknowledges communities, cultures and the memories within.