About Andrew Smith

I set up my practice in 1990 to concentrate on projects which demanded engineering and architectural experience and understanding.  A significant proportion of my work was on existing buildings, often in poor condition and sometimes listed.  Their sometimes unfamiliar structural forms and specific deterioration demanded specific thinking and invention, whether to restore the existing structure or to insert new materials and elements in harmony, or counterpoint, with the technology of a previous age.  I hoped thus to adapt them to sustain present uses and aspirations with ‘firmness, commodity and delight’.

For several years I worked with Dr. David Yeomans, who has an international reputation for his work on historic timber structures, starting with the restoration of a fine 1407 aisled barn near Steyning in Sussex.  We helped design ‘The Terrace’, a new café in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, with a home-grown Douglas Fir frame carried on recycled Greenheart and new Oak timber foundations.  

I worked regularly with McCurdy and Co, carpenters, and in 2008 I and David helped them build some oak structures for the recreation of an Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle, seen in ‘The Queen, her lover, and the castle’, one of Patrick Forbes’ 2009 BBC films about English Heritage.  Among my last projects with them were a C16 barn near Havant and a C13 house near Lambourn.

I have now retired from fee-earning engineering work so that I can do more voluntary work and pursue personal interests more intensively. 

I am the current Convenor of the History Study Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers, in which role I arrange, and usually lead, the Group's meetings and visits.  In 2020-21 I spent considerable time moving our activities from meeting in person to meeting online, as so many other organisations have had to do

Between 2016 and 2020 I studied for an MA in Historical Research at Birkbeck University London and my dissertation was the first product of ongoing research into the origins and construction of the 'New River', the aqueduct built to supply fresh water to London between 1609 and 1613, which still supplies water to the capital.

Andrew Smith

Andrew C Smith
MA CEng MIStructE
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If you would like to contact Dr. David Yeomans, please send an email to mail@davidyeomans.co.uk