My name is Andrew Lindsey, but most know me simply as “Drew”. I consider myself a friendly, outgoing, and a creative person. I am focused, disciplined and detail-oriented. I see the world as having endless possibilities for both designing new, and repurposing old, architecture.
I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. I graduated from Parkview High School, where I played sports early on, but shifted my focus towards service activities and leadership in my final years as a high school student. I was elected as a city-wide committee leader for Relay for Life-Youth for two years, participated in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Marketing Contests, and my senior year I was elected and served as Student Body President of my high school.
Early in my life, one of my main interests has been competitive waterskiing. This is what led me to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, as I received a scholarship to ski on the ULL collegiate waterski team. I’m pleased to say our team won a National Championship my first year there. More importantly, ULL is where my passion for architecture, design, and photography began. I graduated with a B.S. in Architectural Studies in May 2015. While obtaining my B.S., I interned for an architecture firm for three summers. I gained real-world experience working on various projects throughout the Northwest Arkansas region, working with clients such as JB Hunt, University of Arkansas, and Starbucks. I have also worked as a photographer and freelance graphic designer throughout the entirety of my collegiate career. .
Upon graduation, I thought it was important to continue my education and expand my skills before entering the workforce full-time. I searched for a nationally-recognized school for architecture and selected Kansas State University and their two-year post-baccalaureate Master’s program. After a year at Kansas State I began to appreciate the importance of Urban Design, and was encouraged to enroll in the Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) program for my second year. While working as a part of the KCDC team, I have obtained a much deeper understanding of the urban scale and its contribution to architecture and planning. Additionally, I have been given the opportunity to work with city officials and stakeholders within the community neighborhoods. My thesis project was focused around creative place-making and public space in The Historic West Bottoms district of Kansas City, where I have grown close to stakeholders, the community, and the overall character of the Historic District.
While at KCDC and Kansas State I was nominated for, and competed in two collegiate design competitions and one international competition. I placed first in one of the school competitions, and was named a finalist in the other. My final competition project (Tech Yards) was at KCDC and my team was awarded honorable mention out of 132 teams that competed in the Urban Land Institute Hines competition, which took place during the spring of 2017.
May of 2017 I graduated with my Masters in Architecture and eagerly began working in Kansas City at a one of the most reputable architecture firms in the area, Helix Architecture + Design. While at Helix, I was able to work with some great clients such as: Kansas City Art Institute, McCownngordon, JEDunn, Van Trust, and many more. My time there strengthened my passion and love for Kansas City and I plan on staying in the area to continue pushing my career to the next level. My plan is to complete my internship hours and pursue licensing in the near future. I am confident that with my education, design skills, prior work experience, and my inexhaustible passion, I can be an asset to any company’s success.