Thomas Heatherwick barges ACADIA Design Excellence Award for 2017

The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) announced the British designer Thomas Heatherwick as the winner of the Institute's 2017 Design Excellence Award.

Heatherwick, who founded his eponymous studio in 1994, will receive the award at this year's ACADIA conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he will be a keynote speaker.

As part of the Disciplines & Disruption title, the conference will discuss how technology affects architectural design, as well as its methods and culture. Regarding advances in manufacturing, materials and digital tools, Disciplines & Disruption will also examine how technology has connected - or, in some cases, disrupted - once distinct from the discipline, making the areas of architecture more accessible. "The differences between design and construction, construction and urban architecture, architecture and engineering, real and virtual, on-site and remote, physical and digital data, professionals and crowds, As technology increases the designer's reach beyond the boundaries of the drawing board, "reads a summary in a press release.

Heatherwick will lead the conference and will appear next to Ben Fry, founder of Information Design; Neri Oxman, director of the Mediated Matter group and the MIT Media Lab; And Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, founders of Nervous System. Other winners, each with a mini discography, include Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott, Heather Roberge, Frederic Migayrou of the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, Wes McGee of the University of Michigan and Bob Martens of the Technical University of Vienna .

"Thomas Heatherwick's work symbolizes the high caliber of design innovation that ACADIA has sought to foster over the years," said Jason Kelly Johnson, president and founder of Future Cities Lab in San Francisco, Speaking of the Heatherwick Award. "From furniture to bridges to buildings, his work is always experimental, iterative and well-designed, and it also synthesizes digital and analogical techniques in case of breakup." Thomas's next ACADIA speech follows a series of incredible speakers and keynote speakers , Including Zaha Hadid, Liz Diller, Greg Lynn, Manuel De Landa and many others.

The ACADIA conference will take place from 2 to 4 November.