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Andrew Byrne

Los Angeles
Andrew Byrne

Andrew is the Partner running Grimshaw’s Los Angeles studio. Highly experienced in a broad range of project scales and types, he is highly committed to active design leadership and has made telling contributions to several of the firm’s award-winning projects. He is a Registered Architect in the State of California and a member of the American Institute of Architects, as well as a member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of Melbourne.

After more than twelve years of experience in London with Grimshaw, Andrew relocated to Los Angeles in 2017 to establish and lead a new studio for the practice. Andrew is currently the Design Principal for the LAX Airport Metro Connector and the Los Angeles Union Station Forecourt, a unique opportunity to transform an underutilised existing space into a civic plaza with improved pedestrian and cycling connections. Through this work Andrew has developed a strong and successful relationship with LA Metro, representing their design interests to diverse stakeholder groups including Mayor Garcetti and the Los Angeles World Airports authority. Andrew also leads the master plan for Sacramento Valley Station, an ongoing initiative which will accommodate the growing transportation needs of the city and set the stage for a vibrant, mixed-use district around the station.

Since joining Grimshaw Andrew has worked closely with large and complex client groups, including Network Rail, High Speed 2, LA Metro, LAWA and BAA. Andrew excels at understanding the complex forces that act on large-scale public buildings, and he enjoys working closely with clients and design collaborators to generate innovative design solutions that resolve challenging and at times conflicting requirements.

Andrew was the Principal in charge of the landmark London Bridge Station redevelopment. The cornerstone of the Thameslink improvement project, this scheme ensures that the station forms a seamless and sympathetic connection into the neighboring urban environment. The design includes a new concourse – greater in scale than the football pitch at Wembley, which is situated at street level – beneath the tracks. As part of his leadership of the project, Andrew facilitated the streamlined introduction of an additional 80,000 sq ft of commercial retail space into the scheme at a late stage in the design process. Andrew managed over 35 full-time architectural staff on this £450m project in a co-located project office. Andrew is based in Los Angeles.