People Andrew Whalley

Chairman, Partner

Andrew Whalley has been an instrumental part of Grimshaw since the earliest days of the practice and has been Partner in Charge of projects in diverse sectors including education, performing arts, transportation and workplace. His award-winning projects include the International Terminal at Waterloo →, the Eden Project in Cornwall →, the redevelopment of the historic Paddington Station → in London and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center → in Troy, New York. In 2001 Andrew established the Grimshaw New York studio. He was Partner in Charge of Grimshaw’s New York office during its first 10 years. During this time Grimshaw in New York was one of eight architectural practices selected for major public projects under Mayor Bloomberg’s design excellence program.

In the education and cultural arts sector, Andrew has been involved in a range of projects including ― state of the art science facilities for the Danforth Science Center →; the strategic plan for the Royal College of Art in London. He also led the design of award-winning The Sustainability Pavilion → for the World Expo 2020 Dubai, a net-zero building that integrates technology, nature, building systems and design solutions to demonstrate a future regenerative living environment.

Andrew has been involved with academia for many years including, in the UK, teaching at Royal College of Art and Imperial College’s Industrial Design Department and running a unit at the Architectural Association for three years and lecturing at University College London for over five years. In the US, he has been a visiting Professor at Washington University and regularly lectures at the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew recently completed his appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano.

Andrew was appointed as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and succeeded Sir Nicholas Grimshaw → as Chairman in June 2019; the Chairman’s Office is responsible for managing the practices core design ethos, brand identity and working to build relationships and to strengthen the profile of around the world.

Andrew is a registered member of the AIA and RIBA and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006. In April 2019 he was elected to the board of the British Architectural Library Trust. He 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. He is qualified as an architect in the UK and USA and has been with Grimshaw since 1986. In 2022, Andrew received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours, recognising his services to architecture and environmental sustainability.