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Heatherwick recognised with AJ120 Contribution to the Profession Award

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Olympic Cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick has been handed the AJ120 Contribution to the Profession Award

More than 1,600 architecture staff nominated Heatherwick for this year’s accolade.

Heatherwick, who is behind controversial plans for a £175 million planted bridge across the Thames, was chosen by architects from AJ120 firms as the one person they thought should be recognised for his services to architecture.

AJ editor Rory Olcayto said: ‘There is a clear understanding in the profession, that this hugely talented designer, while not an architect himself, has done so much for the profession, in raising awareness among the public as to the benefits of great design, and of course, by providing many architects with jobs.’

Famously described by his friend and mentor Terence Conran as the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of our times’, the RIBA honorary fellow was the mastermind behind the revamped Routemaster bus, the 2012 Olympic Cauldron, and the 2010 Lubetkin Prize-winning Seed Cathedral.

He founded his eponymous studio in 1994 and first gained attention for works such as Laing Square in Newcastle (1995), the Rolling Bridge in London’s Paddington (2002) and East Beach Café in Littlehampton (2005).

His 170-strong London-based practice is currently working on the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA), a floating park in New York, projects for Google with Danish stars BIG, and his project with Foster + Partners in Shanghai is nearing completion.

On receiving the award said he was humbled. ‘It really means a lot to me, to be recognised in this way,’ he said.

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  • Yep. Turkey's who not only vote for Christmas, but are happy to simultaneously stuff themselves to save everyone the trouble.

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