Andrei Martin is a partner with over 20 years’ experience of commercial, residential, retail, and master planning projects in the UK, China, Europe, USA, and the Middle East. Andrei is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster and has been a design critic at the Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett, Columbia, Pratt, Tsinghua and Seoul National University. He has published, lectured and exhibited internationally.
As a designer, researcher and educator, Andrei is interested in the potential of new architectural typologies to transform urban experience and reshape contemporary culture.
Andrei’s experience includes a wide range of program types and project scales. He has led the design for The Collective Old Oak, currently the largest co-living building in world, as well as for The Collective Stratford, London’s tallest co-living tower. Both of these unprecedented buildings create new hybrid typologies that redefine the architecture of contemporary living and working and form a strategy for the future of collective urban housing.
He led the design of the consented regeneration project that will replace Sampson House and Ludgate House on the River Thames and create a significant destination quarter among the world-renowned arts and cultural institutes on the South Bank. Having won an invited international design competition for the New Port Project in Doha, Qatar, Andrei was responsible for the thematic design for the master plan and architectural and interior design for two signature buildings: the headquarter building for Mwani, the Qatar Port Management Company and the control tower.
In China, Andrei’s work extends from the award-winning concept masterplan for N+, a new urban genre in Ningbo that addresses demand for a novel type of presence for the fashion and creative industry in the country, to the winning design entry for the Yuyao International City of Culture and Arts masterplan that integrates twenty-five museums and performing arts centres in one of the country’s most historically significant cities for ancient culture.
At KPF, Andrei led the design of ‘Il Diamantone’, a mixed-use tower in Milan’s Varesine and worked on the refurbishment of the landmark Unilever House, which has won numerous accolades for transforming the workplace and enhancing this listed 1930’s London Headquarters for Unilever; the design of The Pinnacle office tower, which upon completion would have formed the tallest building in the City of London; the master plan for London’s busiest transport hub at Victoria Station; and the new Midfield Terminal complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Andrei holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.