Andrew Whalley lecture

Grimshaw Architects' Andrew Whalley lectures on recent works of the international firm.

November 24, 2009
7:00 p.m.

Grimshaw Architects | Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, NY. Credit: Peter Aaron/ESTO

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Andrew Whalley, partner in charge of Grimshaw’s New York office, will present the firm’s recent and current work, including EMPAC (The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) at RPI in Troy and the Fulton Street Transit Center.

Founded in 1980 by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Grimshaw is an international practice with permanent offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Grimshaw’s worldwide presence and commitment to sharing resources between offices allows the firm to approach each project with a collective knowledge base and shared aesthetic. Each city’s workforce is made up of a balanced mix of staff originating from the London office and staff who have joined the firm in each city; this blend ensures the continuity of Grimshaw’s design culture while enabling the firm to respond to uniquely local contexts. The firm’s work has been the recipient of numerous AIA, RIBA, and World Architecture awards, and has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.

Grimshaw established the New York office because “our contextually sensitive design culture demands geographical and cultural knowledge. We believe that our best architectural responses are created when we understand the wider context within which our designs take shape, and when we are able to interact with clients, subconsultants, and peers on a frequent and personal basis.”

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, and the redevelopment of the historic Paddington Station in London. He is currently partner in charge of Grimshaw’s New York office, which is one of eight architectural practices selected for major public projects under Mayor Bloomberg’s Design Excellence program. The New York office’s current portfolio ranges from the renovation of the 1939 Aymer Embury New York Pavilion as part of a redevelopment of the Queens Museum of Art to the new Fulton Street Transit Center, part of the regeneration of downtown Manhattan. The Industrial Design Group recently completed the New York street furniture contract. Whalley oversees all live projects in the Americas.

In the education and cultural arts sector, Whalley 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, and EMPAC, and is currently working on the masterplan for NYU and the new Miami Museum of Science.

Whalley has taught at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College’s Industrial Design Department, the Architectural Association, University College London, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Pennsylvania. Whalley received his BArch at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and studied at the Architectural Association.

Moderated by Ken Smith. Smith is founder of Ken Smith Landscape Architect and is the current vice president for landscape architecture at The Architectural League.


This lecture is cosponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.