Award-winning designer creating iconic urban infrastructure
Re-shaping London, Shanghai, New York, Hong Kong...
Designer of London’s £175m Garden Bridge project
Thomas Heatherwick CBE RDI has been heralded as one of the world’s most original urban designers. Thomas founded Heatherwick Studio in London in 1994 “to bring architecture, design and sculpture together within a single practice.” His work spans commercial and residential building projects, masterplanning and infrastructure schemes as well as high profile works of public art. Notable British projects include the Olympic Cauldron for the 2012 Olympic Games, his update of the Routemaster bus for London, and the award winning UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
The studio’s current work is highly international: constructing a new pier on Manhattan’s lower west side; an urban design plan for the east of Hong Kong island; designing a park in the desert in Abu Dhabi ; two large scale district developments in Shanghai; a new university building in Singapore; and a 200-passenger public boat for a river estuary in France.
Thomas is also currently designing a new pedestrian “Garden Bridge” across the River Thames. The 367-metre pedestrian bridge, which consists of two fluted piers supporting a promenade planted with trees, is set to span the River Thames between the South Bank and Temple Station.With an estimated cost of £175 million, it will be the most expensive footbridge in the world.
In 2004, Thomas became the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry. He won the Prince Philip Designers Prize in 2006, and in 2010 was award the RIBA’s Lubetkin Prize and the London Design Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to design. Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and in 2013 he was elected a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In the same year he awarded a CBE for his services to the design industry.
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