Thomas Alexander Heatherwick, CBE, RDI, HonFREng (born 17 February 1970) is an English designer and the founder of London-based design practice Heatherwick Studio. Since the late 1990s Heatherwick has emerged as one of Britain’s most significant designers.  Today a team of 200, including architects, designers and makers, work from a combined studio and workshop in King’s Cross.

Rather than identifying with any particular style or aesthetic, Heatherwick Studio is best characterised by its working methodology. The studio explores and tests responses to produce a design that ful ls spirit and letter of the brief in an inventive way.

This process is independent of scale: from developing a chair or a masterplan, the same system of collaborative inquiry and experimentation is applied.

The studio’s completed projects include a number of internationally celebrated buildings, including the award- winning Learning Hub at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.  Heatherwick has been involved in the design of many notable projects, including the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron, the New Routemaster bus, and the Garden Bridge.