Andrew Sparks researches the performance of building materials, assemblies and equipment in order to understand the interconnectedness of systems and the operative metrics critical to the development and evaluation of building systems. His work is founded on an understanding that building technology and design are not separate processes and that it is vital for a designer to have the ability to grasp essential principles and characteristics at work in materials so as to be able to translate in a way which conveys the sense and atmosphere of an intention. Through the study of techniques and tectonics, intrinsic influences of material form a significant role in the constellation of relations expressing reciprocal relations through material interaction.
After earning a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Andrew came to San Francisco to work for Rutherford & Chekene, one of California’s foremost structural engineering firms. An ability to work with complex geometries combined with a deep technical understanding enabled Andrew to quickly become engaged in some of the most iconic renovations and new projects in the bay area including the Ferry Building, UC Berkeley’s Hearst Memorial Mining and the de Young Museum.
Following completion of his Master of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley in 2005, Andrew joined the practice of Levy Art & Architecture to work at a scale in which he could develop a high level of craft and explore ways of constructing healthier more sustainable living environments. Andrew joined CCA in 2006 and has been committed since to developing the Building Technology curriculum and research to address the substantial environmental and sustainable issues we face today.
Adjunct Professor, Architecture