Andres Villaveces, Design Director
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Master of Architecture, University of Washington
Bachelor of Architecture, Universidad de los Andes
Andres is a skilled and versatile designer with a strong understanding of complex building geometry, structures and construction. Born in Bogota and having lived in Miami, New York, Seattle, Rome and the UAE, he brings a unique outlook to his work.
Before founding Metrica, and under the employ of Rafael Vinoly Architects, he delivered New York University Abu Dhabi – a US$1-billion, 500,000 SM University Campus, where he was responsible for the design and documentation of the Campus Center – the university’s emblematic landmark building - from conception through completion. Andres was also instrumental in the technical delivery of three major Theater spaces in the Performing Arts Center. For this project Andres was based on site for almost 4 years, where he coordinated the efforts of multiple teams of architects, consultants, contractors and fabricators in a culturally and geographically diverse environment.
Mr. Villaveces’ specialty is the design, coordination and implementation of spatially complex and technically challenging projects at a large scale. During a previous assignment, Andres was responsible for the overall structural coordination of the MGM Grand Complex, a US$1.38-billion, 346,000 SM mixed use project, also located in the Middle East. This megaproject was designed to be partially built in the water and presented a unique set of challenges, including the design of a 1,600-meter long marine slurry wall, and over 850,000SF of land reclamation. Andres oversaw and coordinated geotechnical and marine works engineering, demolition, land reclamation, site dewatering, excavation, waterproofing, foundations, substructure and superstructure designs. The project included more than 1,500 residential and hotel units distributed along three 35-story, interlocking towers serviced by 10 elevator cores.
His earlier experience ranges from high-end residential detailing, to master planning, to the design of high-rise towers. Past projects include the winning Master Plan for Qingdao Technological University in China; the Towers of Capitol Mall, in Sacramento, California – at the time, the largest approved project in the west coast of the United States; a 38,000 square-foot museum of modern and contemporary art in Cuernavaca, Mexico; and a multimillion-dollar penthouse residence and art gallery situated in the Seattle waterfront.