Andrew Hartness is an architect and urban designer working in project visualization. He currently teaches courses in digital and hybrid representation in RISD’s departments of Landscape Architecture and Architecture. In addition to advanced representation and 3D modeling, he has also co-taught studios focused on Paris, France. His experience in project visualization initiates deeper discourse in project development and communication.
Hartness’ insights into landscape drawing appeared in the book Representing Landscapes: Digital, which also showcased his students’ work. He contributed project visualization for a multi-institution EPSCoR grant involving designed pods for shellfish in the Providence River. His current research incorporating data visualization, narrative psychology and immersive spatial representation will appear in two upcoming publications. He has worked in various roles on a wide range of design and visualization projects, from Walking Dead interactive events to Amazon’s headquarters search to New York’s Hudson Yards and Boston’s Seaport.
After earning his architectural diploma in Paris, Hartness became head of 3D development and visualization at Ateliers Jean Nouvel. This experience in complex project representation prompted him to pursue a curriculum in urban design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Hartness is a founding partner of Design Distill, a visualization studio blending architecture, urban design and digital illustration.