"Put down the selfie sticks", says Andrew Whalley. An exclusive interview with the deputy chairman of Grimshaw
Andrew Whalley is a cosmopolitan person by any standard. He was born in Australia, lived in the USA, studied in the UK, was in charge of a New York practice, and set one up in Doha. Today, he represents the Chaimans Office for all international projects of Grimshaw Architects, a leader in high-tech architecture.
His project, Duke University West Campus Union Renovation in Durham, USA, was shortlisted in the Completed Buildings Category (Higher Education & Research subcategory). Their goal was to create a hub of student social life.
Looking to the future, he sees a big challenge for the building industry in having the ability to catch up with fast-developing architectural design tools. Andrew is optimistic and expects a new way of construction in the future.
He has an important message for young people: "Put away your self sticks. Stop perceiving the world through your mobile screens, look around, and absorb its beauty around you."
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