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Architect and Principal, Adjaye/Associates
Tanzanian-born David Adjaye is a leading architectural talent whose projects – ranging from private homes to major arts centres – have received worldwide attention. 2016 was a standout year for Adjaye with the opening of his National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, which was inaugurated by Barack Obama and named Best Architecture of 2016 by the Wall Street Journal. In the same year he received the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT and a London Design Medal. Adjaye graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1993 and set up his own practice seven years later.
Founding Partner, AHMM
Simon Allford is one of the four founders of award-winning architectural firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris whose recent projects include the new Scotland Yard headquarters, the White Collar Factory on Old Street and New Burlington Place. In 2016 he formed part of the panel of judges at the World Architecture Festival. He is also chairman of the Architecture Foundation and a trustee of the Architecture Association. AHMM won the 2015 Stirling Prize for its overhaul of the modernist Burntwood School in Wandsworth and is nominated for the 2016 Architectural Practice of the Year.
Founders, Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso and Peter St John are the architects responsible for Damien Hirst’s new Newport Street Gallery, which won the prestigious Stirling Prize in 2016 as well as the Brick Development Association’s Supreme Award, Best Public Building Award and Craftsmanship Award. The pair founded their practice in 1990 and won international recognition five years later when the firm won a commission to build the New Art Gallery in Walsall, which was subsequently shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. Now one of the most highly regarded practices in Europe, its clients include Tate Britain, the V&A and Arts Council England.
Architect and Principal, David Chipperfield Architects
Internationally-renowned architect David Chipperfield is currently leading the redevelopment of the Royal Academy of Arts ahead of its 250th anniversary in 2018, bringing together Burlington House and Burlington Gardens for the first time. Chipperfield worked for a number of architectural firms, including Foster + Partners, before establishing his own in 1985. It has since won more than 100 international awards and offices in London, Milan, Berlin and Shanghai. Chipperfield also teaches and lectures on architecture in the US and Europe and in 2016 his Museo Jumex was shortlisted for RIBA’s World’s Best New Building Award.
Sir Terence Conran is one of the most recognisable names in design as the man behind Habitat, the original founder of the Design Museum, and an active and respected designer, retailer, writer and restaurateur. His company Conran Holdings incorporates a group of designers, retailers and architects and includes his children, designers Sebastian, Sophie and Jasper, restaurateur Tom and artist Ned, as well as his wife Vicki, who set up the Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch and Lutyens restaurant on Fleet Street. Conran has authored over 30 books and his D&D Restaurant Group comprises more than 40 restaurants, cafés and bars.
A former creative director at Habitat, Tom Dixon has been responsible for a number of high-profile design projects including the interiors of Shoreditch House, the Royal Academy restaurant and the new Mondrian Hotel. He also produces furniture, lighting and accessories under his own label, which are sold around the world. Dixon was born in Tunisia and claims to have become a designer by accident after dropping out of Chelsea School of Art, joining a band and spending his days welding. Dixon’s next project sees him working with Ikea, which he describes as ‘the only company that’s transformed the furniture business.’
Architect, Founder and Chairman, Foster + Partners
Norman Foster is perhaps Britain’s best known living architect, responsible for many of our most recognisable buildings including the Gherkin, the Millennium Bridge, Wembley Stadium and City Hall. Raised in Manchester, from a young age Foster was fascinated by engineering and design. Now his Battersea-based firm designs buildings worldwide and has received around 700 awards, with Foster himself winning the Pritzker, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. In 2016, the Norman Foster Foundation unveiled a prototype ‘droneport’ to deliver medical supplies to Africa at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Thomas Heatherwick is currently best known as the designer of the controversial and ambitious Garden Bridge across the Thames, which will run 367 metres from South Bank to Temple. His studio’s many other innovative and headline-grabbing designs include the Olympic Cauldron, the updated Routemaster bus and a bridge in Paddington Basin that folds back on itself when not in use. Born and raised in London, Heatherwick aspired to combine the skills of builder, designer, craftsman and engineer by studying three-dimensional design at Manchester Polytechnic, and later at the Royal College of Art where he met future mentor Sir Terence Conran.
Chief Design Officer, Apple
British designer Jonathan Ive is credited as the principal designer of the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. Appointed Apple’s chief design officer in 2015, he is now one of the four most senior executives at the company, having joined in 1992. Ive has described his silversmith father as a ‘fabulous craftsman’ who inspired his interest in design. As a student at Newcastle he twice won the Royal Society of Arts’s Student Design Award and was known for his meticulous care in creating hearing aid models for deaf children. Apple releases the iPhone 8 in 2017, the 10-year anniversary of the design.
Architect and Principal, AL_A
Welsh-born architect Amanda Levete’s practice was established in 2009 and its recent projects include Sky Central, a new workspace for 3,500 Sky employees in West London, and Lisbon’s striking MAAT museum on the banks of the River Tagus. Levete trained at the Architectural Association and was formerly a partner at Future Systems, where she was responsible for the Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre at Lord’s cricket ground. AL_A recently proposed a concept for multi-storey, ‘stackable’ football pitches as a means of solving the lack of sports fields in Central London.
Founding Director, dRMM
Sadie Morgan is a founding director of architectural firm de Rijke Marsh Morgan, or dRMM. Her innovative designs often focus on connecting people and place, and her redevelopment of Hastings pier was listed in the top five of the Guardian’s best architecture of 2016, while dRMM’s new residential scheme on London’s Heygate estate was shortlisted for the 2016 Stirling Prize. Morgan lectures internationally and is a professor at the University of Westminster. In 2013, she became the youngest ever president of the Architectural Association and in 2016 she won Building Magazine’s Personality of the Year Award.
Founder, Farshid Moussavi Architects
Iranian-born Farshid Moussavi’s projects have spanned retail, finance, housing and the arts, and she is currently a professor in the practice of architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where she also trained. In 2014 she designed Victoria Beckham’s flagship store in London and her firm FMA is now responsible for all Beckham’s concession spaces and stores around the world. Prior to setting up her own practice, Moussavi was a co-founder of Foreign Office Architects in 1993, where she was responsible for the award-winning Yokohoma International Ferry Terminal in Japan.
Founder, Studio Myerscough and Supergroup London
One of the UK’s most prolific and innovative designers, Morag Myerscough founded her studio in 1993 and her typically bold, colourful designs have been seen in hospitals, schools and numerous other public spaces. In recognition of her place in UK design, the newly-opened Design Museum includes a permanent collection of her work featuring a wall of ‘crowd-sourced’ objects submitted by the public. Myerscough often collaborates with architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris as well as her colleagues at Supergrouplondon, the collective she founded with Luke Morgan in 2010.
Founder and Principal, Eric Parry Architects
Eric Parry is responsible for some of London’s best known contemporary buildings, including 30 Finsbury Square, One Eagle Place in Piccadilly, and the London Stock Exchange. Parry realised he wanted to become an architect when he saw The Acropolis at dawn from his hotel in Athens aged five. He studied at Newcastle, the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association before founding Eric Parry Architects in 1983. For his latest project, Parry has been commissioned to create London’s second-tallest building, a 73-storey tower at 1 Undershaft in the City.
Achitectural Designer
John Pawson’s highly distinctive, minimalist aesthetic can be found in buildings around the world, from private homes in Provence and Greece to retail spaces and installations for religious buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral. Most recently, Pawson was responsible for the interiors of London’s newly reopened Design Museum, which he has said were ‘profoundly shaped by use’ and by ‘the scope for human narrative that is being created.’ Born in Yorkshire in 1949, Pawson studied architecture but dropped out early to set up his London office in 1981.
Designer and Co-founding Director, PriestmanGoode
Paul Priestman is a co-founder of PriestmanGoode, the industrial design agency specialising in transport design and working predominantly in aviation with clients such as United Airlines, Lufthansa and Airbus. One of his more recent designs, however, is a circular radiator for the home, featuring ‘fins’ to increase heat output. The son of an architect and a textile designer, Priestman left school with one O-Level, but Central St Martins waived its usual entry requirements to allow him to study there. In a recent interview he said that electric planes and passenger-carrying drones will define the air travel of the future.
Architect and Chairman, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Richard Rogers is one of the most radical and renowned architects of our time, responsible for the Pompidou Centre in Paris with Renzo Piano, Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and the Millennium Dome, amongst many other famous buildings. His practice employs 200 people and has delivered projects around the world, and was chosen in 2006 to create Tower 3 of the new World Trade Center in New York. Over the course of his career, Rogers has won a RIBA Gold Medal and the Pritzker Prize, and will form part of the panel responsible for selecting the designer of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion.
Co-founder, Skene Catling de la Peña
Charlotte Skene Catling founded Skene Catling de la Peña in 2003 with Jaime de la Peña and it now has sites in London, New York, Moscow, Berlin and Beijing. The firm’s Flint House, built for Lord Rothschild in the grounds of his Buckinghamshire estate, won RIBA House of the Year, the RIBA South Award, and the RIBA South Building of the Year Award, with judges praising it as a ‘one-off’. Skene Catling is a prolific writer, film-maker, set designer and director as well as an architect. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Architectural Review Women in Architecture Award.
Director, Design Museum
Writer, broadcaster and design expert Deyan Sudjic has been at the helm of London’s Design Museum for ten years. Last year he oversaw its move to a new home in Holland Park, fulfilling his vision to make it like the National Theatre with three ‘stages’, or exhibition spaces. Born in London, Sudjic studied Architecture at Edinburgh and was the founding editor of architecture and design magazine Blueprint. He has published many books and his most recent, The Language of Cities, explores why some of us identify more with our home city than with our country.
Owner, Tsuruta Architects
Japanese architect Taro Tsuruta founded Tsuruta Architects in 2006 and the practice specialises in residential developments, preferring to renovate than to tear down and rebuild. In 2016 the firm won the prestigious RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize for House of Trace, an extension to a home in South London described as ‘beautiful and unconventional’ by the RIBA jury. Tsuruta has previously worked on larger scale projects including 30 Finsbury Square for Eric Parry Architects and Portcullis House for Michael Hopkins and Partners.
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