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Andy Ross Thomson, M.Arch | www.andythomson.ca
Andy was nurtured early on by exposure to his family’s DIY brand of marine, aviation and mechanical engineering and related family businesses (The Thomson-Gordon Group), and by the magnificent wilderness of Muskoka, Ontario. Andy was raised in part on the Wanda III, a historic steam yacht – built for the Eaton family in 1915 – to ply the pristine waters of the Muskoka Northlands – which fostered a childhood introduction to off-grid design, systems design (steam) and restoration grunt-work.
As an avid cyclist from age 15, (especially after reading James Lovelock) and avid professional snowboarder/skateboarder/windsurfer – all ‘silent sports’ – Andy developed deep questions about the sustainability of the suburban sprawl he witnessed firsthand in his hometown (Burlington) that sharply conflicted with his deep respect for the unspoiled landscape of Muskoka. This ultimately resulted in a lifelong passion for ‘reducing entropy’ in residential design by making smarter, more ‘eco-physiological’ architecture and infrastructure design. This was best expressed in Andy’s project titled: A Year In A Tent – An Experiment in Minimal Living in Downtown Toronto, in 1996, which later developed into the miniHome concept for sustainable housing & community design.
Andy subsequently worked in residential construction and with the R2000 Program before earning his graduate degree (UBC, M.Arch, 2003), completing over 1500 door-fan inspections, heat loss analyses and HRV design and installations, as well as working as a framing and finish carpenter in Toronto, Vancouver and while on scholarship at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
Andy's international body of work has been widely published in print and television and is a terrific public speaker, and advocate for cuting-edge technology and living smaller and smarter.