Thomas Heatherwick: “the Leonardo of our Times” (Conran) – Thursday 14th May 2015

By Anthea Streeter

Thomas Heatherwick has won many awards and honours. In 2004 he was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry. In 2010 he won a Gold Medal for his British Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo and, in the same year, he was Designer of the Year in Japan.

His work received world-wide coverage when, with his studio team, he designed the Cauldron for the 2012 London Olympics. In this lecture we will look at how they achieved that spectacular moment when the giant ring of fire rose from the centre of the Olympic Stadium. The Heatherwick Studio also designed the new RouteMaster bus – the first re-design of this iconic symbol of London in 50 years.

His approach is multi-disciplinary and, with his colleagues he blends architecture, sculpture and engineering to produce elegant results, from large urban spaces to individual items such as the Zip Bag for the French firm Longchamp. His proposed Garden Bridge acrss the River Thames, due to be completed in 2017, is receiving extensive media coverage and will add another dimension to London’s many parks and gardens.

Heatherwick’s innovative approach is in demand all over the world and the lecture will highlight the broad range of his designs.