Heatherwick Studio’s Nick Ling to open conference

Technical Design Lead to explore the leading architectural practice’s dedication to artistic thinking, and how designers can incorporate materials and craftsmanship

Materials for Architecture 2018 – the conference and exhibition dedicated to materials innovation for architecture and construction – is pleased to announce that Nick Ling of Heatherwick Studio will give the opening address for the event’s conference programme.

Nick is Technical Design Lead at the innovative architectural practice, working across various design teams on the technical delivery of large scale and complex projects. He has extensive practical and on-site experience which he harnesses both in producing design work and mentoring staff. He will set the tone for Materials for Architecture’s two-day conference which features an array of thought leaders, and is being staged on 25-26 April in west London.

Recent projects Nick has worked on include the acclaimed Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, and key current projects include Maggie’s Yorkshire and a new residential building in New York. Before moving to Heatherwick Studio, Nick was a Partner at Foster + Partners and then later moved to Woods Bagot as European Design Leader.

Heatherwick Studio commented:

“Through the lens of materiality, an integral part of the studio’s work and design process, Nick will speak about the studio’s commitment to finding innovative design solutions, with a dedication to artistic thinking and the latent potential of materials and craftsmanship. Nick will also touch upon innovative materials and how the industry at large can look to these to help to inform construction challenges as well as aesthetics and design.”

James Parker – Managing Editor of Architects’ Datafile magazine, the established architects-focused title which launched the event in 2017 – commented:

“With a key technical role at a practice renowned for pushing the envelope and an artistic approach to major projects, Nick places the quality of materials at the core of design. This makes him an ideal fit to set the tone for a conference with innovation as its focus. He will be offering the attendees some invaluable insights on how to apply cutting-edge and established materials in new ways.”

With a packed programme of speakers from architecture, academia and product research and development, the conference agenda embraces and explores the event’s theme of innovation in the development and specification of materials for architecture, construction, and design. In addition, a comprehensive CPD programme, wide variety of exhibitors, and interactive material galleries will enable visitors to combine opportunities for learning, inspiration and networking in one highly specialised event.

Visit www.materialsforarchitecture.com to find out more and register free to attend Materials for Architecture 2018 at the ILEC Conference Centre from 25-26 of April. Subscribe to the Materials for Architecture newsletter to receive industry and event news: www.materialsforarchitecture.com/newsletter