Andrew Davies

 

Andrew Davies received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University and Master in Architecture from The Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, California. For five years Andrew was employed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in the Department of Exhibition Design and Production. While at MoMA, Andrew designed and administered over thirty international museum exhibitions. Since returning to Toronto, Andrew has provided art consultation for numerous major public art projects including Artstage at Pearson International Airport, the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital, the NXT Gardiner Expressway Gateway Project and the City of Toronto’s Taddle Creek Park and Dawes Road Revitalization projects. In 2006 Andrew co-founded the charitable arts organization No.9: Contemporary Art and the Environment. Under his direction No.9 has commissioned and produced multiple public installations throughout Toronto that have brought environmental awareness and education to important environmental issues. No.9 is ded­icated to working with a number of accomplished guest curators, education program man­agers and production staff, pro­viding unique opportunities to local and international tal­ent to address the relation­ship between art and the envi­ron­ment.

 

With a desire to reach and in­spire younger generations, innovative ed­ucational out­reach projects have become a strong focus of No.9 programming. Through a hands-on approach to ed­ucation us­ing art and design, No.9 ed­ucation programs have opened the eyes of younger generations to press­ing envi­ron­mental issues and sustainable practices. Imagining My Sustainable City (IMSC) is a four day intensive program that brings ecological awareness into Grade 7 and 8 classrooms through an introduction to sustainable urban planning and architecture. To date No.9, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, has reached over 1,500 students — 50 classrooms in each of Toronto’s 44 wards, and five priority Toronto neighbourhoods. Over the past two years, IMSC expanded to Chicago, reaching 70 students in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and in January 2015 No.9 expanded the program to Hamilton ON, with plans to engage 14 schools by the end of the calendar year. The project's goal is to infuse the real world interdisciplinary aspects of the architectural profession with the Grade 7 and 8 core academic curriculum, while giving youth the tools they need to be agents for change in their communities. Collectively, the students' vision for their sustainable city leads to discussions of civic engagement, governance and living a sustainable lifestyle.