The Bartlett School of Architecture


Thomas Heatherwick - The Donaldson Lecture

28 March 2018, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

A large, cavernous atrium carved out of a stone grain silo in Cape Town. Created for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa by Heatherwick Studio.

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Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer who founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring together the practices of design, architecture and urban planning in a single workspace.

Thomas leads the design of all Heatherwick Studio projects, working in collaboration with a team of 180 highly-skilled architects, designers, and makers. Thomas’ unusual approach applies artistic thinking to the needs of each project, resulting in some of the most acclaimed designs in recent years.

Based in London, Heatherwick Studio is currently working across four continents on projects valued at over £2billion. Following the Gold Award success of the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, Heatherwick Studio has won important design briefs including the Google campus in Silicon Valley, Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross and the overhaul of London Olympia.

The studio has recently completed the 420,000 square metre Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai, a collaboration with Foster + Partners, and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town, the first museum of its kind on the continent.

Thomas has been awarded a CBE, been appointed as a Royal Academician and in 2004 became the youngest Royal Designer for Industry.

Image: Atrium designed by Heatherwick Studio at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town. Photo by Iwan Baan.

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