First of all, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to learn about the unique capabilities of the Andrusko Group studio.
The studio’s primary focus is on the design, making and implementation of architectural applied arts in the built environment. A bit ambitious, perhaps.
as you will see – with even a cursory look – the scope of capabilities of the studio is breath-taking & expansive. It is a result of insatiable curiosity, a life-time of learning, definitely some carefully calculated risk-taking, a well-rounded, relentless pursuit of artistic excellence and – perhaps – just a dash of crazy. That seems to be a requirement to pushing the creative envelope.
I’d like to introduce myself: My name is Pete Andrusko, I’m the founder, owner and principal artisan of the Andrusko Group studio.
The studio is currently located in Portland, OR (but, soon to be relocating into a larger studio space near Centralia, WA strategically positioned between the Portland & Puget Sound markets).
My studio practice has evolved from very humble beginnings of performing specialty masonry work during high-school, college and after, into one of the more unique maker studios active in the Pacific NW.
The studio specializes in architectural applied arts applications primarily utilizing legacy materials such as natural stone, wood, glass and metals – among many others.
My approach to the creative process of making tends to be one of enthusiastic optimism. What I mean by that, is that I believe virtually anything is possible (practical, being another matter entirely) as long as we are operating within the bounds of what we understand of – and can push in terms of the materiality of – the physical world. The limitations we inevitably bump up against – those that put a stop to the optimism – tend to be of a practical nature: budget, time & the laws of physics – mass & gravity, being the big ones.
I love the challenge of solving problems and the doing of those things most others can’t or won’t consider.
I especially seek out partnerships with those design creatives who are willing to be courageous. I live to DO.
If we haven’t had the opportunity to meet or interact personally, I do hope you will explore what I can offer.
If you see something interesting, please reach out to me.
I’ve been active as an artisan craftsman since before 1990, the year I formally started my first business. During this span of time, I’ve had the privilege of being involved in numerous well-known projects both in the regional market, as well as nationally & and even a few projects, internationally.
It’s entirely possible you already know something of my work, as my studio has been involved in such projects as: the Fish Cleaning Station & Blessing Path stone engraving at Cape D for the Confluence Project with Maya Lin, the Mother Stone at the Vancouver Land Bridge (also for the Confluence Project), the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park Sculpture group, the honorific inscription at the Oregon Historical Society & the SS inlay work in the Fountain Runnel for the Vera Katz Park water feature at the Armory Building.
As you will see throughout this website, there are many, many other projects in Portland, Seattle, the Pacific region, and many others, both national and international.
Highlights include: involvement with two Presidential Libraries; direct carving into the Wanamaker Building facade in Philadelphia, PA; the recently completed, award-winning carving of a colossal bas-relief sculpture for the new NIKE world headquarters executive boardroom; providing intricate stone engravings for a number of Apple Computer Company office & retail stores working with Foster+Partners; the direct carving of donor names at Washington University at St. Louis’s new Olin Business School building; a recently completed, hand-carved stone commission in the landscape garden at the Craig H. Nielsen Rehabilitation Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT; and a stone + water sculptural group designed by Scott Murase for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Monastery in Carlton, OR.
Most importantly, I suspect we’re likely connected through our shared involvement with architectural design in the built environment, so I would like to extend an invitation to you to become familiar with my studio’s very unique creative capabilities and work process. I hope you will see through the work and descriptions, that I vigorously defend & promote the creative community’s design intent as it is realized in the built environment.
Peter Attila Andrusko