Title: Associate Professor of Architecture
Company: Hampton University
Location: Hampton, Virginia, United States
Mason Andrews, Associate Professor of Architecture at Hampton University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architecture.
Interested in language and the human condition, Ms. Andrews earned a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from the University of Virginia in 1976. She later realized how much she enjoyed making things, and decided to pursue architecture and earned a Master of Arts in architecture from Princeton University in 1982.
Ms. Andrews believes in trying to perfect communities through urban design in relation to rising sea levels. Having lived in a place that was sinking underwater, she knows firsthand the devastation such a situation can cause. Through her architectural work, she strives to help people live as long and as safely as possible while truly listening to their problems and concerns and meeting them with respect and confidence.
Ms. Andrews served as the owner of Archipelago from 1984 to 2009. Upon leaving the company, she assumed her current role of associate professor of architecture at Hampton University and has also held the role of co-director of the Coastal Community Design Collaborative since 2014. Her previous jobs include working as a faculty leader of the Solar Decathlon Team at Tidewater from 2009 to 2011 as well as the director of the National Resilience Initiative from 2016 to 2018. Furthermore, Ms. Andrews has lent her expertise as the chair of the City of Norfolk’s Design Review Committee.
Ms. Andrews attributes her success to hard work and her enjoyment in listening to other people. The advice that she would offer the next generation of professionals in her field would be to remember that it always involves people. The goal of the job is to make life comfortable for people, which is the basis of how we all get along.
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