St Andrew’s welcomed our Designer in Residence for 2018, Andrew Thomson to the Design department on Thursday 22 March. Andrew has shaped many educational buildings in Grahamstown. He has been the designer of upgrades here at College, starting from boarding house renovations, the new Clapham Jubilee Dining hall, the science labs, Cawse Library and the Norton block. At Rhodes University, he designed the Eden Grove building and the Rhodes Education building on the St Peter’s campus. Some of his buildings in Port Elizabeth include the Newton Park pool building and the Motherwell learn to swim pool building.
Andrew spent the day with our Grade 9 – 12 Design students, speaking about ‘Context and concept design in architecture’. Andrew also presented an evening lecture so that even more students and the public could learn from and have insight in his 30 year experience in architecture.
He showed us how an examination and understanding of context informs the design to an extent that the building almost “designs itself” in a process of synthesis. Context can be very wide and includes the physical site and surroundings and local climate, the fit for use or purpose of the building, client aspirations and budget, builder’s skill and social and cultural issues…
It was lovely to have Andrew with us for the day and we thank him for so generously giving us his time.