Andy Watts

Director of Design Technology
Grimshaw
Bio

Andy is the Director of Design Technology at Grimshaw and leads the practice’s global Design Technology team, overseeing digital disciplines such as computational design, BIM, extended reality, urban computation, applications development and environmental performance.

As a qualified architect with a background in computational design, Andy has an interest in problem-solving, regardless of scale or platform. From low-key computational tinkering to digital transformation on a practice-scale, his passion lies in making the lives of architects and designers easier through the use of technology.

Andy is a proponent of open and equitable access to technology. Within Grimshaw he has sought to break down the silos between technologies, allowing for the cross-pollination of expertise to be available to any project within the practice. In the wider industry, Andy has continued to drive for an open approach to technology, through engagement in industry-wide research consortia such as the Construction Innovation Hub, participation in public events, and playing a role in groups driving for industry change such as the Open Letter Group and Future AEC Software Specification.

Andy is also actively involved in academia, has taught at the Architectural Association and University of Westminster, and has also lectured and critiqued at the Pratt Institute, Melbourne University, Dundee University, RCA, UCL and others.

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