Andrei Harwell, AIA, Project Manager
Andrei Harwell, AIA, is an architect and Critic in the Yale University School of Architecture. Since 2006, he has been project manager of the Yale Urban Design Workshop, a community design center based in the School. He is responsible for managing day to day work on projects varying in scale from small neighborhood interventions to new town master-plans. On the office’s largest and most complex projects, Andrei takes the lead design role, often collaborating with YUDW Director Alan Plattus. He assists in the management of six to ten graduate-level student interns.
At the YUDW, Andrei has primary oversight over all of the office’s projects. He has been responsible for the design of a downtown plan for New Britain, CT, design of a 2.3 million square foot mixed-use project in Harlem, NY, and development of an adaptive re-use study of former industrial buildings in Ansonia, CT. He has collaborated on many other projects, including a study of the Branford Green, a concept plan for Becton Plaza at Yale University in New Haven, and an affordable housing complex in Bethany.
From 1998-2004, Andrei was a project architect in the New York office of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, where he collaborated on large scale, high-profile projects, including the Moynihan Station / James A. Farley Post Office Renovation, the Baltimore Hippodrome Theater, the Wanamaker building, and Olympic Square for NYC2012. As project architect, he was responsible for the design and execution of the award-winning adaptive re-use of St. Ann's Church at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and the design of the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn’s BAM cultural district.
Andrei received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998, and his Master of Architecture (Post-professional) from Yale University in 2006. At Yale, he was nominated for the Feldman Prize, the school’s top design honor, for his work in the China Studio. He was the 2005 recipient of the Takenaka Prize, the 2006 Dean’s Scholar and the 2006 Ulli Scharnberg Scholar. In 2006, Andrei received the John Coolidge Research Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians, Northeast Chapter, to support his research on First Wave Russian immigrant settlements in the United States.
His writing and design work has appeared in The New York Times, Architectural Record, Constructs, the Gaze, and Russian Life, and has been exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York, and the Forbes Gallery, Mattress Factory, and Filmmakers Gallery in Pittsburgh. He lives with his wife and son in the East Rock section of New Haven.