Since qualifying as an architect in 1989, Andy Macdonald has worked across the disciplines of art, theatre, graphics, interiors and of course architecture.
Whilst architecture has commanded the lion’s share, it has always been central to Andy’s practice to diversify and interact with other creative disciplines.
In addition to this, Andy has renovated several properties ranging from hands-on building to management of different trades and financial management.
Not a big proponent of manifestos and utopian visions, Andy operates from a more process based approach – believing that if the right effort is put into the fundamentals of a process, the product is likely to have a higher level of inbuilt integrity.
The involvement of other disciplines in a process can add a synectic dimension to the outcome as well – solving problems in new, creative and insightful ways.
In terms of design/aesthetics we are attracted to and spurned on by the small, the quiet, and the refined elements that ultimately give things a sense of place.
In Buckminster Fuller’s words: “When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
Andy was the architectural producer on I Love Todd Sampson 2013.