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Three Dimensional Design

Manchester School of Art


Thomas Heatherwick

Graduated 1991

Thomas Heatherwick founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to make unique design projects happen. Today his team of architects, designers and makers work from a combined studio and workshop in King's Cross on projects ranging from bridges and buildings to products and large scale works of public art.

The studio's work includes the Rolling Bridge in Paddington, London - a pedestrian footbridge that opens by rolling into a ball; La Maison Unique - the world flagship store for luxury French brand, Longchamp and East Beach Café - a seafront restaurant in Littlehampton on the South Coast of England. Current projects include a monastic building in Sussex and the British Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo in 2010.

Thomas is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and a Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from three British universities - Sheffield Hallam, Dundee and Manchester Metropolitan. He has won the Prince Philip Designers Prize and in 2004, was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.

He has served on numerous judging and advisory panels and has given lectures, tutorials and talks at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London's Victoria and Albert Museum and Yale University.

Thomas lives and works in King's Cross, London.

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