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Thomas Heatherwick RA

Festival of Ideas


Sunday 16 September 2018
2.30 — 3.30pm

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Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio, will talk about a number of the studio’s past and present projects. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with RA Head of Architecture, Kate Goodwin.

Heatherwick is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterised by its ingenuity, inventiveness and originality. He and his eponymous studio have made their mark on the world through celebrated designs and buildings including the Rolling Bridge in London, the 2012 Olympic Cauldron, a gin distillery in Laverstoke and an educational building for the 21st century in Singapore.

Following the Gold Award success of the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, Heatherwick Studio has gone on to work on several large scale projects including the currently under construction headquarters for Google in Silicon Valley, Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, and Vessel, a new centrepiece for Hudson Yards in New York.

The studio has recently completed the 420,000 sqm Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai, a collaboration with Foster + Partners, as well as the award-winning Zeitz MOCAA (Museum for Contemporary Art Africa) in Cape Town, the largest museum of its kind on the continent.

Heatherwick has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a Royal Academician, and in 2004 became the youngest Royal Designer for Industry.

This event will be followed by a Q&A.

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Sunday 16 September 2018

2.30 — 3.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£20, £12 concessions