About Andrew Smith


I set up this practice in 1990 to concentrate on projects which demand engineering and architectural experience and understanding.  A significant proportion of my work has been on existing buildings, often in poor condition and sometimes listed.  Their sometimes unfamiliar structural forms and specific deterioration demand 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 hope 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.  More recently 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 work 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.  I am currently working with them on a C16 barn near Havant and a C14 house near Lambourn.

I am the 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.

I am now reducing the fee-earning work I take on so that I can do more voluntary work and pursue personal interests more intensively.

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