Thomas Heatherwick RA Elect
Born: 17 February 1970, London
Elected RA: 30 May 2013
Category of Membership: Architecture
Thomas Heatherwick, Olympic Cauldron. © Edmund Sumner. Thomas Heatherwick studied three-dimensional design at Manchester Polytechnic and at the Royal College of Art. In 1994 he founded Heatherwick Studio, which is recognised for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, design and strategic thinking. Since its foundation, the studio has gained an international reputation for elegant forms, inventive design solutions and a pioneering use of materials.
The studio’s projects number: The Rolling Bridge, Paddington Basin (2004), East Beach Cafe, Littlehampton (2007), the UK Pavilion at Expo 2010, Shanghai (2010), the New Bus for London (2010) and the Olympic Cauldron (2012).
Awards include the Prince Philip Designers Prize (2006), a RIBA National Award (2008), the London Design Medal (2010), the RIBA Lubetkin Prize (2010) and the Lend Lease Award for a first-time exhibitor in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2013).
In 2013, Thomas Heatherwick was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the design industry, and elected a Royal Academician.