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Andrew Matthews:

Founding Director

BA (Hons), DipArch (Cantab), RIBA, RIAI, FRSA
Academic appointments:
Masterclass Module Leaders, University of Cambridge, MSt Architecture Apprenticeship (part 2), 2022
Visiting Professor, University of Sheffield, present
External Examiner, The Arts University College at Bournemouth, 2010-2011
External Examiner, University of Sheffield, 2009–2013
External Examiner, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury School of Architecture, 2005-2008
External Examiner, University of Greenwich, London, 2000-2003
Part-time Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Brighton, 1991-1999
Part-time Lecturer in Architecture, University of Sheffield, 1991-1999
Consultancy appointments:
Design South East St Albans, Panel Member and Co-chair, 2019-present
Newham Design Review Panel Member, 2018-present
Haringey Design Panel Member, 2016-present
Greater Cambridge Housing Forum Member, 2016
Essex Design Initiative, Member of the Design Review Panel 2009-2012
East of England Housing Quality Action Group Design Advisor, 2005-2009

Andrew founded Proctor and Matthews Architects alongside Stephen Proctor in 1988. An architect, urban designer and academic, Andrew has lectured and taught extensively throughout his career in schools of architecture across the UK and Europe.

Andrew and Stephen collaborate on the design of all projects within the studio. Together they have created a distinctive approach to design underpinned by an investigation and analysis of the physical, historical, and cultural characteristics of place. This collaborative approach provides a foundation for developing design narratives that celebrate context through contemporary architecture and urban design. Their distinctive hand drawing style has evolved over many years as a way of exploring both conceptual design narratives and the spatial compositions of placemaking and identity. The studios extensive portfolio includes a wide range of sectors; from urban mixed-use neighbourhoods to international visitor attractions and educational, cultural and community initiatives. Notable projects include:

  • Greenwich Millennium Village, London - A neighbourhood of 372 innovative new homes built on the principle of the traditional London square.
  • Gorilla Kingdom, London Zoo - An immersive landscape that supports London Zoo's gorilla conservation and breeding programme.
  • Abode at Great Kneighton, Cambridge - A major new housing and mixed-use community of over 400 homes in the Cambridge Southern Fringe growth area.
  • Steepleton, Tetbury - Accommodation for an ageing population inspired by historic Cotswolds almshouses.
  • Northstowe House, Cambridge - a new south eastern base for Homes England the UK Government’s Housing agency combining local crafts and the latest off-site construction techniques.
  • Riverside Sunderland - A masterplan spanning both sides of the River Wear that will reinvent the heart of the city whilst drawing on its industrial heritage.

Andrew is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield and has previously taught at the Universities of Greenwich and Brighton. He is a member of the Haringey and Newham Design Review Panels and co-chair of the Design South East St Albans panel. Andrew is also an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

The practice’s work has been widely published in the UK and internationally and Andrew is a frequent contributor to architectural books and guides. In 2009 the practice published ‘Pattern Place Purpose’ a retrospective of the studios work exploring a concern for cultural identity and historical context. The studio continues to publish annual journals exploring diverse themes such as ‘memory’, ‘identity’, and ‘community’.

Andrew studied architecture under David Gosling and Michael Wilford at the University of Sheffield and under Colin St. John Wilson at the University of Cambridge and subsequently joined his team working on the design of the British Library in 1986 before forming his design studio.