Cany Ash studied at Cambridge and the University of Westminster. In 1994 she founded Ash Sakula Architects with Robert Sakula. Ash Sakula has established a reputation for working in unpromising sites and creating strong identities for places with mixed public and private clients. The practice is passionate about passive technologies, innovative construction and reusing existing space intelligently. Cany is an RIBA Research Awards panel member and an external examiner to Central Saint Martins.
Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo
Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo's London-based, postdisciplinary studio, El Ultimo Grito, researches relationships between objects and culture, and their work is in the collections of MoMA New York, Stedelijk Amsterdam and the V&A London. Since 1999 Hurtado has been principal lecturer at the design department of Goldsmiths, while Feo has taught at the Royal College of Art and is senior design research fellow at Kingston University. They run the space and communications course at HEAD-Geneva.
Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Thomas Heatherwick founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace. He leads the design of all Heatherwick Studio projects, working in collaboration with a team of 170 architects, designers and makers. Based in London, the Studio is currently working in four continents on projects valued at over £2bn.
Phil Hutchinson is Director of Strategy at BDG architecture + design and an expert in workplace strategy and design. He has more than 30 years of experience and understanding of the world at work and is intrigued by, and passionate about, what makes business and people work well. He has worked across the globe for multinational clients from Mexico to Moscow and is a regular contributor to workshops and talks on the current state and future of work and also guides a module at the Cass School of Architecture.
Gregor studied Interior Design in Edinburgh, and has since worked in the 'brand world' for more than 25 years, both nationally and internationally - creating, shaping and evolving how brands are projected and perceived. As founding partner of internationally acclaimed design agency gpstudio, he works strategically in building brands and generating traction in the arena of retail design, leisure and hospitality, through the medium of 2D graphic communication and 3D interior architecture.
For over 35 years, Eva Jiricna has run her own practice in London, compiling an exciting and diverse portfolio of international projects. Her work encapsulates the harmony of architecture and engineering, employing top-end technology with the pinnacle of material craftsmanship, which she is keen to sustain. Jiricna's name is also synonymous with the creation of dramatic and original staircases in glass and steel, intricately engineered, creating a focal point in many projects.
Asif Khan's London-based practice works across the fields of architecture, industrial and furniture design. It is dedicated to pushing these disciplines in innovative and unexpected directions. Notable projects include the MegaFaces Pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Coca-Cola's pavilion at the Olympic Park for London 2012. In 2010 he was the first architect chosen for the Design Museum's Designers in Residence programme and was awarded Designer of the Future in 2011 by Design Miami.
Lyndon Neri is a founding partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an inter-disciplinary international architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China with an additional office in London. Besides awardwinning architecture and interiors, Neri is actively involved in teaching and research, and has lectured and exhibited around the world. In London Neri&Hu Design is currently converting the Grade II listed Bow Street Magistrates Court into a 99-room boutique hotel.
Chris Wilkinson founded his practice with Jim Eyre in 1983. He received an OBE in 2000, was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2006, and holds an honorary fellowship of the American Institute of Architecture. Wilkinson Eyre is the only UK practice to have back-to-back success in both the RIBA Stirling Prize (2001 for Magna, 2002 for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge) and the RIBA Lubetkin Prize (2012, for the Guangzhou International Finance Centre, 2013 for the conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore).