Andrew Gasaway, Jr.
Title: Founding Partner
Architects measure their success in many different ways. For Andrew Gasaway, founding partner of Gasaway Gasaway Bankston, the most important are also the most fundamental: knowing that his work accomplished its goals and satisfied the client, and also knowing that his father would be proud to see what he created.
After all, Andrew credits his start in architecture to the early influence of his father. He was a builder by trade, and as Andrew grew up around Ponchatoula, La., he became a helper on his father’s job sites. The seed was planted. After learning drafting he landed a job with the acclaimed regional architect John Desmond, who recognized Andrew’s talent and personally urged him to return to college and pursue the profession.
Andrew took this encouragement to heart. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Tulane University in 1964 and his master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in 1969. By 1973 he founded the firm that would become Gasaway Gasaway Bankston.
He established the firm’s specialty in educational facilities with an approach that emphasizes highly-functional, aesthetically-pleasing buildings designed for their time, place and purpose. The firm emerged as a regional leader for such projects, and over the years Gasaway Gasaway Bankston has built a portfolio of more than 300 school projects ranging from additions and renovations to the ground-up design of major schools.
As a leader in his community, Andrew was a founding member of the Hammond Historic District and the Hammond Downtown Development District – the two leading groups behind the revitalization of historic downtown Hammond. An avid sportsman, he and his family also travel frequently and always take time to explore historic and modern architecture wherever they visit.