Andrea Shaw

Andrea Shaw



“There are two things that drive me. The first is people—not only the people of Perkins Eastman, but the students, the teachers, and the communities that we create spaces for with our K-12 projects. The second is watching our designs come to life. It’s very rewarding to have an early-on conversation and years later, that project is built and it is an integral part of people’s lives.”

Having grown up in a family of builders and craftspeople, Andrea has always known that you can impact people’s lives with the things you build – and derive a deep sense of joy through the process of creating something. Over a career that’s spanned more than twenty years, Andrea has specialized in K-12 school design for at least fifteen of them. She is particularly skilled at managing client relationships to grow Perkins Eastman’s K-12 practice, and building consensus among clients, stakeholders and project-team members to keep projects on time and on budget.

Andrea was the 15th person to join the firm’s DC studio. She’s grown steadily along with it as the studio expanded from a small space in Arlington, VA, to its large two-story office in downtown Washington. She is now a leader both for the DC studio and the firmwide K-12 practice area.

Our Perkins Eastman

With a gift for relating to people and understanding their goals and desires, Andrea has always aimed to make Perkins Eastman a better place to work. She’s also served on several important firm committees such as the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Futures Council, a group of young leaders charged with strategizing Perkins Eastman’s long-term success.


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  • +1 (202) 212-6070
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  • Education

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: B.Arch; B.S. Building Science
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional