Designer in Profile: Andy Martin, Director

Andy Martin Architects were recently shortlisted in the ID&A Awards 2014 with their entry, ‘The Glass Wave’.  This stunning project will compete for the Glasshouse over £50,000 Award.


Andy Martin


Name: Andy Martin

Company: Andy Martin Architects

Position within company: Director



What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?

Generally design has become quite banal and repetitive, I think there is a surge of new thinkers and adventurers in the design industries.


What projects are you currently working on?

4 private residential projects, 3 restaurant projects and some retail.



A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life?

I work 18hours a day and I don’t manage.


Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2014 and beyond.

Space space, space, space, and space.


How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?

All awards are import not just as a PR tool but also internally within the studio environment bonding colleagues’ and lifting aspirations.


How do you relax?

Lots of sport.


What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

To build the studio to a respected leader in the design industry.


Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself:

The car you drive? – Defender

Your favourite place to travel to in the world? – Hawaii

The place that gives you the most energy? – Hawaii

And the place that enables you to totally relax? – Hawaii