Advertisement

Laboratory Design spoke with Josh Andrews, AIA, LEED AP, Principal with Lord Aeck Sargent. He is involved in planning, programming, design, construction administration and project management. Josh has been with Lord Aeck Sargent since 2000 and has significant expertise in higher education facilities focusing on science and technology, active learning, student life and historic preservation, as well as K-12 and corporate projects. Josh has managed a number of higher education projects, including the Harris A. Smith Building for Packaging Science at Clemson University and the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certificate holder and serves on the board of directors for The Museum School of Avondale Estates. He received both a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Laboratory Design (LD): What made you decide to pursue your particular career?
Josh Andrews (JA):
I’m sure it is because of the influence of my father who is an architect. Architecture has always been around me and part of life. I saw all the things he would do, saw him start his own firm, and I have always loved designing and problem solving.

LD: Is there a particular facility you’ve worked on that stands out in your mind? What is it and why do you remember it?
JA:
It would be the Harris Smith Building for Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University. This project represents a major point in my career where I was the project designer, and it exemplifies much of what I believe about architecture in terms of tectonics, context sensitivity, site integration, honest use of materials, efficiency of design, access to natural light, etc. I became a registered architect during this project as well, and it stands out to me because I grew as a designer and architect through that process.

LD: What’s your favorite piece of architecture, lab-related or not?
JA:
I’m not sure I can even nail down a sole favorite, but Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum is one because it exemplifies the power of great design that simultaneously integrates imagination, beauty, site, structure, natural light, simplicity, complexity, interior and exterior and efficiency.

LD: If you were an animal, what animal do you think you’d be and why?
JA:
Probably a shark, not because of any vicious or aggressive reason, but because they never stop swimming. No matter what happens they must keep moving forward.

LD: What’s a common misconception about your line of work?
JA:
That you need to be able to “draw a straight line.”

Advertisement
Advertisement