Andrew Mackenzie has been a writer, curator, editor, publisher and presenter on art and architecture for over twenty years. As a young British artist in London in the late 80’s he failed to become a Young British Artist. Instead a detour through public art and an exposure to the city as canvas led him to the Architectural Association, where he became Director of Exhibitions from 1995-2000.
He moved to Australia in 2000 where he became editor of Architectural Review Australia in 2002 – escaping England but not architecture. In 2011 Mackenzie established the architectural imprint Uro, now in partnership with colleague Mat Ward in 2013. Recent publications include The Private Life of Public Architecture; Lacoste + Stevenson: Architecture Stories; Paul Morgan Architects; MULTITUDES; HASSELL 1938 – 2013, and the first major monograph on the work of Ashton Raggatt McDougall titled Mongrel Rapture, to be launched by Uro in April 2015.
In 2011 Mackenzie established the independent architectural consultancy CityLab, advising local and state government as well as the private sector on the procuring of good architecture. Clients include Major Projects Victoria, Monash University, Gold Coast City Council, Waterfront Auckland and Integrated Design Commission South Australia. Currently he is architecture correspondent for the Australian Financial Review and the Saturday Newspaper, as well as Australasian correspondent for the Architectural Review, London. He is Co-Creative Director of the 2015 National Architecture Conference (Melbourne, mid-May) titled RISK.