Thomas Heatherwick: Journey to unexpected solutions

In this Current Work event, Thomas Heatherwick talks about the work of his firm Heatherwick Studio.

October 8, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Heatherwick Studio | Garden Bridge, London, United Kingdom, 2013. Credit: Arup

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio will present his studio’s work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with Paul Goldberger.

With an emphasis on collaborative problem-solving and experimentation, Heatherwick Studio’s integrative approach to practice addresses the relationship between form, context, and making, frequently incorporating new materials and innovative technology in its designs. The firm works in a broad range of scales, from product design and temporary structures to infrastructure and large-scale architectural projects. Thomas Heatherwick founded his London-based interdisciplinary studio in 1994.

Recently completed projects include the Learning Hub, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke, England; UK Pavilion, Shanghai; East Beach Café, Sussex, England; the New Bus for London, a redesign of London’s Routemaster double-decker bus; and the Spun chair. Current projects include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town; Al Fayah Park, Abu Dhabi; Garden Bridge, London; Pier55, New York City; Google Headquarters (in collaboration with BIG), Mountain View, CA; and Maggie’s Centre, Yorkshire.

A major retrospective of the firm’s work, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, curated by Brooke Hodge, is on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum through January 3, 2016.

Heatherwick has received the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the UK Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, popularly known as the “Seed Cathedral”; RIBA national and regional awards; and the London Design Medal. Heatherwick is a senior research fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum, an honorary fellow of the RIBA, and has been awarded the Prince Philip Designers Prize, a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), and appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.

Moderated by Paul Goldberger. Goldberger is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City.

This lecture is co-sponsored by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.