← Back to the competition page


Andrew Balster

Executive Director for Archeworks

Andrew Balster is a Chicago-based leader operating in the fields of architecture, urbanism, public policy, sociology, and academia. Working closely with influential leaders in the public and private sector, ranging from architects and planners to government officials and social activists, he creates research platforms with universities to explore many forms of cultural production. In practice, Andrew has worked on projects that are broad in typology and scale – ranging from small civic centres to super-tall towers to entire urban districts. Andrew was a Senior Designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Chicago on several award-winning projects located all over the globe. He received an MScAAD and an MArch w/distinction from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Andrew is a visiting faculty member at TU Delft, Faculteit Bouwkunde, for the Chair of Complex Projects. Andrew is currently serving as the Executive Director of Archeworks.