Thomas Heatherwick founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to make unique design projects happen. Today, the practice operates from a combined studio and workshop in King’s Cross, London where a team of architects, designers and makers work on projects ranging from bridges and buildings to products and large scale works of art. This is an environment where project management and implementation takes place in parallel with model-making, prototyping and experimentation with ideas, materials and manufacturing processes. The studio’s work include La Maison Unique in New York – the world flagship store for luxury French brand, Longchamp and the multi-award winning 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. Since its inception the studio’s work has been recognized through a number of awards and its work is widely published and exhibited around the world. 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. Thomas lives and works in King’s Cross, London.