TwoScots Takes Two with Andries Meyer, CEP at Buchan GroupPosted February 18, 2019
#Wegiveascot about learning from industry leaders and forward thinkers. For the third instalment of our “TwoScots Takes Two” blog series, we’re taking two minutes with the ever-inspiring and energetic Andries Meyer, Chief Executive Officer at The Buchan Group.
Buchan is a global architectural organisation specialising in retail, hotel, commercial office and mixed-use developments, with clients plotted across Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom. Fellow Melbournians, you may recognise some of their recent work in Chadstone Shopping Centre’s expansive redesign last year.
Andries was Chief Financial Officer at Buchan from 2012 to 2016, before stepping up to the role of CEO in December 2016. He attributes his success to “enabling [his] staff to be the best version of themselves” and continuously “building momentum for change”, paying homage to the Buchan and TwoScots philosophies.
Responding to volatile trends and transient challenges facing his industry sector, he advocates for in situ, practical training solutions. As University education grows more theoretical, Andries promotes Buchan’s graduate program in which staff are rotated through project-based work. In terms of technological advancements, he notes “digital transformation has seen a shift in the industry from traditional design.” A greater use of technology has resulted in particularly alarming, “unintended consequences” for the design industry like the endangerment of freehand sketching. To promote the preservation of these skills, his team has hosted brilliant sketching sessions and a string of social club activities.