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Martin Andrews

  • Qualifications: Registered Architect, Dip. Arch, MArch, PG Dip., BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2919
  • Email: martin.andrews@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth School of Architecture
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I have always had a passion for doing things differently, whether in connection with education, teaching, architectural practice or sport. Innovation and creativity underpins all of the work that I undertake, most recently within the University of Portsmouth Project Office.

In the past 25 years, I have worked as a site agent and as a skilled labourer for a variety of contractors and sub-contractors as well as being employed in several private architectural practices across the south of England. I have also worked in the public sector for the award winning and multi-disciplined practice Hampshire County Architects and, in addition, formed my own practice located in Winchester. My work during this time has been wide-ranging, providing opportunities to design and construct projects with a variety of clients from the education, residential, commercial and medical sectors.

Since early 2006 I have worked closely with a small group of committed staff at the University of Portsmouth to establish the Project Office: an architectural consultancy practicing under the umbrella of the Portsmouth School of Architecture. The Project Office was officially launched in November 2008 and since this date has grown from one part-time member of staff working a few days per week to a fully functioning and well-respected architectural practice employing a full range of dedicated staff and students. I am now employed as an architect and overall coordinator of the Project Office.

I have found that clients who choose to work with the Project Office will usually experience two very different solutions; an academic response which generates big ideas and a significant number of design proposals, and a tailored response directed toward a specific client brief led by an architect and a small dedicated team.

In addition to the construction and practice experience listed above, I have studied and taught at a number of UK Schools of Architecture at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At the University of Portsmouth, I currently run a final-year undergraduate design studio with Lynne Mesher and Rachael Brown and teach a Master of Architecture design studio, Latent Dynamics: Material Voids, along with my colleague Phevos Kallitsis.

Studio 7 frames the design process by investigating hidden opportunities and energies that may emerge through the investigation of three different scales: starting from a close up to the Micro (detail, materials, prototyping), continuing to a wider shot of the Macro (urban context, waterfront, connections) and then exploring the Meso (material voids, empty buildings and their environs). A continuous journey reciprocating among the above scales, through field trips in Liverpool and Lisbon. The studio explores abandoned structures, their possible transformation, opportunities to enhance society and connect the City to the coast. The studio works vertically, setting at its core the sharing of knowledge, experience and strategies among tutors and students across both years, making 1:1 structures, exploring extreme scenarios balancing the pragmatic and the imaginative, expanding our horizons, while mastering intricate elements of the profession.

Many architects teach because they enjoy both theory and practice. For them, the idea of an architectural practice, located within a School of Architecture, is the ‘Holy Grail’ of ambition. In this regard, as the Project Office Coordinator and as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, I am in a fortunate and sometimes unusual position of being able to combine the worlds of academia and practice.

In August 2009, Martin was asked by the Royal Institute of British Architects Journal (RIBAJ) to write a short article explaining his role and work at the University of Portsmouth. His conclusions in that piece of writing also ring true today,

Finding a balance between education, architecture and money is not easy but my aim for the Portsmouth Project Office is for it to grow and become a necessary ingredient of the school of architecture and the university as a whole, while at the same time allowing students and staff to learn through practice.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Studio Tutor, Undergraduate (IAD2 & IAD3)
  • Studio Tutor, Postgraduate (MArch 1 and MArch 2)


  • Motiv8 Omega Centre Design Charrette Portsmouth, Portsmouth School of Architecture, May 2013.  Edited by Martin Andrews (ISBN Pending)
  • ‘Seahaven’ Seagrove Bay Design Charrette Isle of Wight, Portsmouth School of Architecture, September 2012.  Edited by Martin Andrews (ISBN Pending)
  • Somerstown Stories Design Charrette, Portsmouth School of Architecture, June 2012.  Edited by Martin Andrews (ISBN 978 1 86137 641 1)
  • Architecture 'Live Projects' Pedagogy?International Symposium 2012, Oxford Brookes University, Thursday 24 May 2012 (Oxford). Martin Andrews, Francis Graves and Nick Timms (Abstract accepted)
  • Live Projects at the Portsmouth School of Architecture: A Critical Review, Journal for Education and the Built Environment (JEBE), May 2011. Martin Andrews and Francis Graves (Paper accepted, not yet published)
  • Live Projects Colloquium 2011, Queen’s University Belfast and CEBE funded event, Friday 25 March 2011 (Belfast, Northern Ireland).  Martin Andrews and Francis Graves (Abstract accepted and paper presented)
  • St Faith’s Diploma One Portsmouth School of Architecture 2010/2011, Portsmouth School of Architecture, 2011. ?Foreword by Martin Andrews
  • Live Projects in Architectural Design Teaching, Teaching and Research: Making Links, Annual University of Portsmouth DCQE Christmas Learning and Teaching Conference, Monday 20 December 2010 (Portsmouth). Francis Graves and Martin Andrews with postgraduate architecture student assistance from Niall Bird and Vinesh Pomal (Abstract accepted and paper presented)
  • Connecting Portsmouth Urban Design Charrette, Portsmouth School of Architecture, November 2010.  Edited by Martin Andrews (ISBN 978 1 86137 621 3)
  • Interns 2010, Portsmouth School of Architecture, 2010.  Foreword by Martin Andrews
  • Hilsea Lido: Visionary Futures, Diploma One Postgraduate Students, Portsmouth School of Architecture, 2010.? Foreword by Martin Andrews (ISBN 978 1 86137 614 5)
  • Andrews, M. W. (2009, August/September). Brief encounters. RIBA Journal. 94.
  • Andrews, M. W. (2009, 19 June). Wooden tots. Building Design. 14.
  • Andrews, M. W. (2009, March). Students’ designs to help hall rebuilding. The Pompey Chimes, 3.
  • Andrews, M. W. (2001). Beyond the Horizon: Sverre Fehn. Master of Architecture written thesis, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth

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