Andrei Martin is a partner at PLP Architecture with over 20 years’ experience of residential, commercial, and master planning projects in the UK, Europe, USA, China, and the Middle East. He is a co-founder of PLP Labs – a design research platform that operates at the intersection of people, technology, and the planet. Andrei is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster and a European Living Concepts Council Member at the Urban Land Institute. He is the editor of Another Kind: A Survey of the Possible City (Actar, 2021) and has published, lectured, and exhibited internationally.
As a designer, researcher and educator, Andrei is interested in the potential of the built environment to transform human experience and reshape contemporary culture.
Andrei led the design and programming work for the WLA Artificial Intelligence Lab – the world’s first purpose build laboratory for artificial intelligence, currently under construction in Shanghai.
He draws on over 10 years of experience in the coliving sector starting with the Collective Old Oak, at the time the world’s largest shared living building. This and other similar buildings are redefining the architecture of contemporary urban living and form a strategy for the future of collective housing in the city.
He led the design of the consented regeneration project that will replace Sampson House and Ludgate House on the River Thames and create a significant destination quarter among the world-renowned arts and cultural institutes on the South Bank. Having won an invited international design competition for the New Port Project in Doha, Qatar, Andrei was responsible for the thematic design for the master plan and architectural and interior design for two signature buildings: the headquarter building for Mwani, the Qatar Port Management Company and the control tower.
In China, Andrei’s work extends from the award-winning concept masterplan for N+, a new urban genre in Ningbo that addresses demand for a novel type of presence for the fashion and creative industry in the country, to the winning design entry for the Yuyao International City of Culture and Arts masterplan that integrates twenty-five museums and performing arts centres in one of the country’s most historically significant cities for ancient culture.
At KPF, Andrei led the design of ‘Il Diamantone’, a mixed-use tower in Milan’s Varesine and worked on the refurbishment of the landmark Unilever House, which has won numerous accolades for transforming the workplace and enhancing this listed 1930’s London Headquarters for Unilever; the design of The Pinnacle office tower, which upon completion would have formed the tallest building in the City of London; the master plan for London’s busiest transport hub at Victoria Station; and the new Midfield Terminal complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Andrei holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.