John Andrews was
born in Sydney, Australia in 1933. He graduated from the University of
Sydney in 1956. One year later he entered the masters of architecture
program at Harvard University. After he graduated, Andrews worked with
John Parkin and Don Mills in Toronto until 1962 when he established John
Andrews Architects in Toronto. He expanded to Sydney in 1972 at which
time he renamed the firm John Andrews International Pty. Ltd.
In his architecture,
Andrews shows more concern with solving specific site and programmatic
requirements than with establishing a distinctive style. He develops the
building and site according to climatic conditions and user needs. With
a rational approach that emphasizes circulation and user interaction,
Andrews creates user friendly environments.
stresses the functional identity of his architecture, Andrews uses a design
process that contrasts sharply with the more romantic architecture generated
by his countrymen during the same period.
As an architect,
Andrews has not been compelled to follow any particular tradition. His
international practice and absence from Australia during his formative
years has set him apart from his contemporaries.. He has developed his
own approach to architecture after a series of experiments. His understanding
of the climatic, social, economic and constructional influence on architecture
has enabled him to find appropriate solutions for the design problems