Established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, Heatherwick Studio is recognized for its work in: architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, furniture design and strategic thinking Team members come from disciplinary backgrounds that include architecture, product design, model-making, fabrication, landscape design, fine art and curation.
The team structure has relatively few layers of hierarchy. Six areas of special responsibility are each looked after by a Team Leader: people, studio, business, craft, planning and the Hong Kong studio. And while the whole team contributes to design processes, each project is managed by a Project Leader, in close contact with the client.
Heatherwick Studio’s Associate Directors include Fred Manson, the former environment director of London Borough of Southwark who commissioned Tate Modern, Peckham Library and the Millennium Bridge, and the structural engineer Ron Packman.
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 four British universities – Sheffield Hallam, Brighton, Dundee and Manchester Metropolitan. He has won the Prince Philip Designers Prize and in 2006, 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.
Heatherwick Studio operates from premises in Kings Cross, central London. Part of the studio has always been a workshop for making models, experimental pieces and prototypes. With this resource, it has been possible for Heatherwick Studio to act as a contractor on its projects.
Heatherwick Studio’s clients include: property developers, publicly limited companies, sovereign wealth funds, religious communities, the British government, local authorities, charitable trusts, a school, a hospital, a luggage company, landed estates, museums and private individuals.