Andrew Maynard Architects was established in 2002 following Andrew’s receipt of the grand prize in the Asia Pacific Design Awards for his Design Pod. The core principles in the establishment of AMA was a balance between built projects and broad polemical design studies. This is demonstrated in AMA’s highly crafted built work and socio-politically based concepts, both of which have been widely published and have garnered global recognition.
Andrew Maynard Architects explores architecture of enthusiasm – AMA treats each project as a unique challenge, offering unique possibilities and prides itself in experimentation. All of AMA’s designs are concept rich, left of centre and sustainability conscious; styles and singular themes are avoided. AMA specialises in ideas rather than building type, whether the project be a house in Fitzroy, a library in Japan, a protest shelter in Tasmania, a plywood bicycle or a suburb eating robot. Andrew Maynard Architects continues to be published in many prestigious international journals such as Mark Magazine [Amsterdam], Architectural Record [US], Architectural Review [London], Monument, Houses, A+T [Spain], Architecture Australia, Wallpaper [London] and Pol Oxygen. AMA’s conceptual and built work has been exhibited in New York, Budapest, Melbourne, Sydney, Osaka, Milan, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and more.
Andrew is a Tasmanian now living and working in Fitzroy, Australia. Andrew Maynard Architects (AMA) was established in 2002 after Andrew won the Asia Pacific Design Award’s grand prize for his mobile work station, THE DESIGN POD. In 2016 the practice name changed to Austin Maynard Architects to officially recognise Mark Austin, a director of AMA since 2009.
Austin Maynard Architects was established to strike a balance between built projects and bold, polemical design studies. The resulting highly crafted built work and socio-political concepts have garnered global recognition.
Distinctive, exciting and radical, Andrew is a founding board member and director of Nightingale Housing – a non-for-profit organisation creating ethical, social sustainable and cost effective housing, whilst also revolutionising the developer-dominated housing market.
THE AGE newspaper says of Andrew: “His concepts include a man-eating robot, a bicycle made of plywood and “Poop House” – a structure made from human excrement. Images of the archetypal mad scientist spring to mind, but architect Andrew Maynard, like his designs, comes across as measured and eloquent.”
Andrew’s work has been published globally and has been exhibited worldwide from New York, Budapest and Osaka; to Milan, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.
Mark Austin (director of Austin Maynard Architects)
Look at how much space Mark gets compared to Andrew. It isn’t fair really, but that says a lot about Mark. He’s too modest to say it himself, but he’s a fantastic architect and a great project manager. He is, like Andrew, a staunchly proud Tasmanian, who in his diverse career has worked in a variety of capacities including his role as production designer for the English National Opera in London.
Mark has a bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Tasmania and a bachelor of Architecture from Melbourne University. His work has been recognised, awarded and publicised around the world.
Mark prefers the shadows but has (reluctantly) given lectures at universities. He has served as a jury member for the Vic Institute Awards and is a director of Nightingale 3.
Before joining Andrew Maynard Architects Mark was a rock star. No really, he was. He is a founding member of the PARADISE MOTEL, a highly respected ‘90s band. As an architect Mark worked in London with a number of commercial firms specialising in a variety of building types & project scales, such as urban redevelopment projects in the West End of London, commercial works in the UK’s South East & co-ordination of design team for a large (Park Lane) hotel project.
In 2007 Mark joined Andrew Maynard Architects and became a director in 2009. In 2016 the practice name changed to Austin Maynard Architects.
Throughout his architectural career Mark continues to show a incredible balance between design talent and rigorous, pragmatic, technical and organisation skills. He has a fine eye for detail and is respected by clients, consultants and builders for his management (and diplomacy) skills. Mark provides a great balance and rigour to Andrew’s lofty ideas and experiments. You know, ying yang and all that bullshit. He allows Andrew to do what he does best whilst ensuring that projects of any, and all, complexity are managed and completed with diligence, professionalism and care.