Ken Andrews, partner and architect at Arch 11 and instructor at the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture was named Young Architect of the Year and also Instructor of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of AIA.
“Pushing the limits of purpose, style, image, material and performance, today’s designers, especially those at the leading edge, are highly engaged with society’s most pressing challenges,” says Andrews. “I am honored to receive this award that recognizes my passion for architecture and my unwavering commitment to the profession of architecture, our community of young aspiring architects, and a continued dedication to cultivating a design ethic that is of great value to my partners, our practice, and our community.”
The Young Architect of the Year award recognizes exceptional dedication to the profession of architecture through achievements in design, commitment to the profession and community service.
The Instructor of the Year honors outstanding mentorship provided by a Colorado instructor or faculty member to architectural students, interns, young architects and the profession. Nominations for the award were submitted by students in the College of Architecture and Planning. Over the past eight years Ken Andrews has been in contact with over 600 students, teaching more than 30 courses.
Andrews’s teaching and research have been focused on museum facilities, civic oriented developments, and innovative models of housing. His academic investigations have allowed him to critically develop specific expertise in building systems and prefabrication techniques that optimize the building delivery process in inventive ways.
Andrews came to architecture with a decade of experience in the construction industry, working extensively in residential and commercial markets as a carpenter and project manager. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado he received his Master of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His graduate research focused on developing innovative building systems and project delivery methods. At Rice, he had the opportunity to work as a project designer with Interloop Architecture, whose projects include the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, for several years before returning to Colorado.
Ken Andrews is a registered architect in the State of Colorado, a certificate holder with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and an active member of the American Institute of Architects.