Andrew Maynard has a Bachelor degree in Environmental Design and a Bachelor degree in Architecture with honours, both from the University of Tasmania. While still studying, Andrew won the Graphisoft international award for his design of Bulgakov's DEVIL'S BALLROOM. Following graduation he traveled extensively, pausing on rare occasions to work in offices such as Allom Lovell, Six Degrees and Richard Rogers. During this time Andrew entered and won both the Australia / New Zealand regional award and the overall Grand Prize in the Asia Pacific Design Awards for his DESIGN POD mobile workstation.
Upon returning to Melbourne in 2002 he established Andrew Maynard Architects with the intent of creating an office that gave equal value to both built projects and bold, polemical design studies. The resulting highly crafted built work and socio-political concepts have garnered global attention and recognition. Wallpaper* magazine, in its Architects Directory, an "annual guide to the world's most innovative practices", offers this insight - "Andrew Maynard Architects are unafraid of mixing big conceptual designs with beautifully conceived small-scale works"; while Inhabitat says "In the diverse collection of projects we get a picture of an architect whose ideals run as deeply as his talent for good design." And, slightly less complimentary, the AGE states “His concepts include a man-eating robot, a bicycle made of plywood and “Poop House” - a structure made from human excrement and food. Images of the archetypal mad scientist spring to mind."
In 2004 Andrew was an awarded exhibitor at ADC Young Guns in New York. The Young Guns exhibition recognises international designers 30 and under. The following year Andrew's awarded prefabricated housing design received international attention for its push towards housing that is manufactured, as an industrial product, rather than built from sticks, plaster, brick and tin, offering a beautiful, fast, affordable and sustainable housing solution.
In 2007 Mark Austin joined the team where he contributed to an already heathy design debate within the office and, importantly, introduced a rigour and methodology that drove built projects to an even higher level of detail and finish, thereby ensuring that even the most challenging of Andrew’s concepts became reality. In January 2009 Mark became a director of Andrew Maynard Architects.
Throughout the last few years Andrew Maynard has steadily picked up awards and his work continues to be published internationally in journals such as the Architectural Review [London], A+T [Spain], MARK magazine (Amsterdam), Dwell (USA and many more. He keeps the blogosphere abuzz with his works, words and opinion and tirelessly speaks and lectures nationally and internationally at conferences and universities. In 2010 Andrew was named BEST YOUNG ARCHITECT at TREEHUGGER's BEST OF GREEN awards in the U.S.
His conceptual and built work has been exhibited globally in New York, Budapest, Osaka, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, the prestigious Salone del Mobile in Milan and most recently in Barcelona where Andrew’s Ilma Grove House received a commendation in the prestigious WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL.
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