Participants Documentary: Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Andrew Whalley
Participants Lecture Andrew Whalley
Riding on the wave of the successful TV series, this video offers an entertaining and direct approach to the world of architecture. Top figures in the field provide us with an immersive experience, as we see the business through their eyes and by listening to their voices. Every two months, The Architects Series releases a new light yet dynamic look at architectural practices and how they work, featuring famous designers and emerging talents alike. The format of this series of “Architecture Shorts” is for the architects themselves to accompany us on a journey through architecture, all the way from ideation to development. Shot at the architects’ practices, they offer a backstage look at the design process, revealing many things that usually stay behind the scenes and invisible, delving into the architects’ “poetics”, where and how they trained, their sources of inspiration and their models. Designers talk us through their whole process, from initial idea to finished project, showing us the challenges, the changes and the final refinements. Each video is as unique as the narrators, their methodological approaches, and their professional lives. The exhibitions are designed to have broad geographical appeal. They raise the prominence of Italian architecture, of voices and processes that would otherwise be off the daily radar, ranging across the international stage into the American and British worlds. The project consist of two videos. The first - A documentary on - was shot at the architect’s practice before the exhibition conference; the second - Lecture - is a record of the exhibition opening, including an interview with the architect and the opening conference.
Grimshaw was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980. The practice became a partnership in 2007 and operates worldwide with offices in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Doha employing over 500 collaborators. Grimshaw’s international portfolio covers all major sectors, and has been honored with over 200 international design awards for its commitment to design excellence. The company’s work is characterized by strong conceptual legibility, innovation and a rigorous approach to detailing, all underpinned by the principles of humane, enduring and sustainable design. The practice is dedicated to the deepest level of involvement in the design of its buildings in order to deliver projects that meet the highest possible standards of excellence. Grimshaw projects respond to the needs and resources of the contemporary world. The buildings produced come from a detailed understanding of the functions they must fulfill, the conditions they have to provide and the materials from which they are constructed. The company’s objective is to create a built environment that uses the planet’s resources carefully, guiding design to create something completely unique. Andrew Whalley, Grimshaw partner and Deputy Chairman has worked in the practice since 1986 and was Partner in Charge of the New York office during his first ten years with the Company. He is currently a sessional lecturer at Milan Polytechnic’s Department of Architecture and Urban Studies. As a member of the Chairman’s Office, Whalley is in charge of Company identity and philosophy.