Thomas Heatherwick

ACADIA Keynote Lecture

This lecture is presented in parallel with the 2017 ACADIA Conference, Disciplines and Disruptions.

British designer Thomas Heatherwick founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring craft, design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace. Today a team of 200, including architects, designers and makers, work from a combined studio and workshop in King’s Cross, London.

Rather than identifying with any particular style or aesthetic, Heatherwick Studio is best characterized by its working methodology. The studio explores and tests responses to produce a design that fulfils the spirit and letter of the brief in an inventive way. This process is independent of scale: from developing a chair or a masterplan, the same system of collaborative inquiry and experimentation is applied.

The studio’s completed projects include a number of internationally celebrated buildings, including the award-winning Learning Hub at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The studio is currently working on approximately 25 live projects on four continents. In 2017, Zeitz MOCAA, will open in Cape Town, South Africa, a museum that the studio has designed which makes use of a disused grain silo.

Thomas Heatherwick

Heatherwick Studio