Cecil Balmond

Founder (Balmond Studio)

London, UK

Widely considered to be one of the most influential creators of his generation, Balmond successfully occupies multiple roles as artist, designer, architect, engineer, theoretician and writer. His approach is one of investigation and draws on 40 years of research into diverse forms. Through a unique interrogation of science, geometry and the structure of the nonlinear, Balmond radically re-organises space and creates new horizons in art and architecture. Former deputy chairman of Arup, Balmond runs his research-led workshop, Balmond Studio, in London, UK and Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has won many awards including the 2002 Japanese Gengo Matsui prize for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion he designed with Toyo Ito, the RIBA Charles Jencks Award for Theory in Practice in 2003 and the Sir Banister Fletcher Prize for his book, informal in 2005. His other publications include Crossover (2013) Element (2007) and Number 9 (1998). He currently holds the Paul Philippe Cret Chair at Penn Design as Professor of Architecture and has previously been Kenzo Tange Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture and Saarinen Professor at Yale University School of Architecture.

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