Andrew Knightly Brown

Architectural Specification Writer

Andrew Knightly Brown - CV

Andrew is a UK-registered architect with more than 35 years experience of the UK, European, and North American construction industries. Over the last 15 years, Andrew has widened his interests and expertise to include website and intranet design, quality systems, and knowledge management.


Specialist knowledge of the technical aspects of building construction, procurement and contract options, and specification writing. Involved with NBS Building user groups and NBS software beta testing.

Specialist knowledge in the design and procurement of cladding and curtain walling systems. Involved with the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology at Bath University since its inception; an architect-member of the team responsible for writing the original CWCT Standard for Curtain Walling.

Representative of the architectural profession on CIRIA committees researching flooring and cladding.

Speaker at construction industry conferences, seminars, and workshops. Contributor to the architectural press on technical topics.

Knowledge Management

A keen interest in the communication and dissemination of corporate knowledge within professional organisations.

Involved with the design of intranets for two large architectural practices.

Designed and ran ArchiMentor, a collaborative knowledge-sharing subscription website providing information and advice for architects, and other construction industry professionals, on a wide range of legislative, technical, and management issues. (Website now closed).

Employment History

2006 to 2011 - Building Design Partnership, London

Architecture: Responsible for the development and maintenance of the office standard specification including liaison with NBS, central technical research and development, and analysis of project feedback.

Knowledge management: Responsible for the development and maintenance of profession-specific areas within the practice intranet, and knowledge-sharing across professions and offices.

1988 to 2006 - Sheppard Robson, London

Architecture: Responsible for the technical quality of all office projects, development and maintenance of the office standard specification, central research and development, analysis of project feedback, quality control of office production drawing standards, liaison with external specialist consultants.

IT: Responsible for the development of the PlanChest database and document management system, and the creation of the Sheppard Robson Intranet.

Knowledge management: Responsible for the implementation of internal business and project management procedures, production of quality control manuals, library and information services, practice database, and intranet.

Major projects worked on include:

  • Tate Modern, London. 60m. 2000.
  • Motorola GPD, Swindon. 65m. 1998.
  • Glaxo Wellcome, Stevenage. 710m. 1993.
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. 170m. 1992.
  • National Gallery (Sainsbury Wing), London. 24m. 1990.

1979 to 1988 - Own practice, Cheltenham

Working primarily on the restoration and refurbishment of Regency buildings for commercial and residential use; office interior, space-planning, and fit-out projects; domestic new-build and refurbishment.

1973 to 1979 - Various practices

USA, Canada, Cheltenham (UK).

© 2005-15.

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