Andrea – winner of the “Spirit of Self-Build” section in the 2019 national Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating awards – graduated from the Birmingham School of Architecture as one of the top two students on her course in 1999.
Born and bred in Brierley Hill, in the West Midlands, Andrea broke the mould as a teenager at the Pensnett School, when she was the only girl to study woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing, instead of domestic science.
After leaving school she worked as a ‘paste-up artist’, producing artwork for an industrial printing firm.
She has always loved houses and, at the age of 29, decided to switch careers to become an architect, so that she could translate her vision into buildings that produce the ‘wow factor’, while still working well on a practical level.
Since graduating, she has worked on designs ranging from a £1 million apartment in Birmingham and a women’s refuge in Ludlow, Shropshire, to villas abroad, as well as new houses and extensions.
Finding ecological solutions has never been more important – and Andrea is trained in ‘Passive Haus’ techniques, enabling her to utilise sustainable technologies that conserve energy in new houses. This brings the dual benefit of being good for the environment and reducing household bills.
In June 2014 she won the ‘Best Individual New Home’ title at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards for the West of England region for her work on a fabulous six/seven bedroom house, called ‘The Drift’.