Andy Vanags teaches in the technological foundations studio, the beginning studio for undergraduates; light frame building assemblies; materials and processes and two furniture design studios, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students.
His areas of interest include furniture design and design/build practice. In the last two decades, he has constructed nine playgrounds in the community with students from the playground studio. In his design/build practice, he has designed and built residences in Washington, British Columbia, Vermont, Colorado, and Oregon. Each of these residences had tested a modification of or incorporated a new framing system. His students in the furniture design studios have consistently won prizes for their studio projects at competitions, receiving 15 awards in the last ten years.
Mr. Vanags received his B.F.A. in Industrial Design from the University of Washington.