2020 Young Architects Award Recipient
Emerging talent deserves recognition. The AIA Young Architects Award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.
Kenneth A. Andrews, AIA, is an exceptional leader in Colorado and western mountain design communities. As an architect, he holds himself accountable to a high level of design and is compelled to deliver meaningful and authentic work. His work has already been recognized with more than 13 AIA design awards, and he has received two chapters’ young architect awards.
The son of a builder, Andrews worked as a carpenter and construction manager throughout the western mountain region, and he uncovered a passion for the material aspects of creating buildings. The distinct body of knowledge he developed continues to inform his work as an architect. Following a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado, he pursued his master’s of architecture at Rice University, where he received the Pitman Prize for Excellence in Architecture.
During his graduate studies, he served as a designer and project manager for Interloop Architecture, the collaborating firm with Renzo Piano Building Workshop for the design and construction of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Today, he is a principal architect with Arch11, Inc., a 23-person firm with offices in Boulder and Denver. Andrews uses his academic research and teaching experience to tackle design problems and foster collaboration. He has been instrumental in expanding the firm’s institutional and commercial clients, allowing it to pursue large-scale investigations, such as the flagship showroom and corporate headquarters for Roth Living. The new home for the Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances distributor is located in the heart of Denver’s design district and has brought new life to an often-overlooked section of the city.
For 11 years, Andrews has proven he is committed to educating the next generation of architects by practicing full time and holding a number of teaching appointments. While he has currently paused his teaching duties as he concentrates on his growing firm and young family, he has focused mentorship. Mentoring his colleagues at Arch11 has shaped his role as a principal there and transformed his outlook on the profession. Because of his commitment and exemplary leadership, AIA Colorado named Andrews its mentor of the year in 2013.
Andrews is driven to work with the next round of emerging professionals and to that end has been heavily involved in AIA Colorado’s ARE ASAP Challenge initiative. He offers guidance for young professionals as they wend their way through the first years of practice through weekend seminars on test topics and after-hours workshops. Further sharing his knowledge, Andrews served a two-year term as co-chair of AIA Colorado’s annual Practice + Design Conference, an intensive three-day retreat that gathers some of the profession’s leading voices for lectures and symposia.
As a mentor, a design leader, and an active member of his community, Andrews’ contributions to architecture have been vital. By nimbly balancing practice and teaching, he continues to strengthen his firm and ensure a bright future for the profession.