James Andrews, RIBA, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Growing up in a national park in Wales, Principal James Andrews gained an early appreciation of the natural world. Because of this he believes that the requirements for architecture have moved beyond the Vitruvian concepts of good building—sturdiness, functionality, and beauty—and it is now our duty to create buildings that are also restorative. The need for strategic, systemic solutions has never been so critical. Because nature solves the most complex problems itself, we must gain a greater understanding of its solutions and use this knowledge to create more harmonious systems and relationships—not only with nature but with each other.

James believes we need to create a greater culture of sharing and listening, which informs his own practice of architecture. Influenced by his passion for rugby and other sports, he delights in the process of team building, bringing the right people to the table to solve complex problems together. He finds that whether working with others in China, New Zealand, or San Antonio, the methods of implementation may be different, but the fundamental motivation is the same—creating a healthy environment for future generations. James values the unique strengths others bring and knows that by working together, any challenge can be overcome.

Education
University of Wales
Bachelor of Architecture, 1990, Honors

University of Wales
Architectural Studies, 1985-1988,
BSC Honors

Honors
San Antonio Business Journal 2010 Going Green Awards—Sustainability Expert

“Design Champion” at Atkins

AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team—Good Neighbor Award

Past Organizations:

Leadership San Antonio (Class 34)

Co-Chair for the AIA San Antonio Committee on the Environment (COTE)

Director of the Board for AIA San Antonio

Founding Member and Chair of United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Central Texas

Current Organizations:

Advisory Committee for the Mayor’s Task Force on Sustainable Design

Executive Committee of the World Affairs Council

Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Advisory Council of the USBGC Central Texas Chapter

 

Strategic / Arranger / Responsibility / Woo / Communication