Andrew Bannister started in the building of stage sets in Eastbourne, UK, for the Devonshire Theatre and the lighting at the Congress theatre as well as the Royal Hippodrome, whilst at the same time, attending Eastbourne College of Art and Design, but it did not last long, because he was offered and took the challenge of working on cruise liners as the set and lighting designer, aboard the Shaw Saville Line ( long gone ) back in the early 1970's.
On returning to the UK, after having travelled the Pacific and Mediterranean, he soon realised that he needed focus, and so he joined the Royal Air Force as a photographer, where he stayed for 6 years... but the longing to design never left him, and as soon as he left in 1982, he set about building a career as a designer and later, Architect.
In the early years he designed gardens, then kitchens, bathrooms, dressing rooms, and then one day, a satisfied client requested he design his entire house in Cambridge, and so from then on he designed in all forms and sizes and shapes. Along the way he picked up 12 awards for his design from UK Industry Awards and then in 2006, he discovered, Dubai.
His first project in Emirates Hills was the reason why he moved to Dubai, Andrew could see that the opportunities in the UAE were there to be had and the challenges, completely different to anything he had known before.
He had flirted with national TV and is published by Sterling Publishing of New York, but Dubai was his destination, and to this day remains his home.. so he left behind the cold and entered the world of sand, heat and opportunity.. !
Among Andrew's work are projects as large as 800 hectares in Zambia, as the Executive Director for a development company Pardesi, he is also evolving the concept for a 2 square mile development in Fujairah directly for His Highness and his Private Bureau, he is developing a modular build system with the German company ELA, and of course, he has designed and overseen the construction and finishing of several bespoke villas here in Dubai. Some of which you will see on this website. Not forgetting he is regarded as one of the very best in Kitchen and Bathroom design, furniture and generally.. anything that requires considered thought processes in Design...
Although his education was unconventional, he is often asked for advice on all matters relating to design, architecture and developing and as a multi award winning designer, he relishes the challenge of sharing his vast experience with young talent, no matter the age..
A beautiful Wife, three adult "children", two adopted dogs, three adopted cats, two love birds and of course a constant stream of his family members either staying permanently or temporary at their villa in Dubai.
When he finds spare time he plays golf and also enjoys mucking about on his boat... a never ending receptacle of money !
Andrew regards his work as his life work, no job too big or too small because each client, project or commission will get the same attention to detail and of course his vast experience spanning three decades and counting.. Contact Andrew for your project and you will find him very approachable, understanding, thoughtful and most importantly creative with an eye to finding solutions and creative designs that transcend fashion and instead give you something for a lifetime.