Hay Festival Segovia just announced that UK designer Thomas Heatherwick will be the keynote speaker for the architecture and design sessions at the Spanish edition of Hay Festival set to take place in Segovia September 27-30. In an hour-long conversation entitled The Truffle Pig Process, Thomas Heatherwick will be talking to Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and associate dean of external relations at IE School of Architecture & Design (IE University), about his studio’s creative process and the increasingly blurred borders between design, architecture and society. More information on the event after the break.
The conversation will be presented by David Venables, Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council, co-sponsor of the event, which will take place on Friday September 28th at 8.30pm in the XI Century Romanesque Church of San Juan de los Caballeros in Segovia, Spain. “Over the past 15 years, Thomas Heatherwick’s creative work has established him as one of the most exciting and innovative designers in the world today. Not only does he seek unique solutions and research new materials while addressing society’s needs, but he also comes up with results that are consistently surprising and beautiful,” says Martha Thorne. At the heart of Heatherwick Studio’s work is a profound commitment at every level to finding innovative design solutions with an absolute dedication to artistic thinking and the latent potential of materials and craftsmanship. Work to date includes the award winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the Rolling Bridge in Paddington, London’s new red double-decker bus, which came into operation in March of this year, and the stunning Olympic Cauldron at this year’s Olympic Games in London. IE School of Architecture and Design is helping to coordinate the architecture and design sessions at Hay Festival Segovia. Past editions of the event have seen architects like John Patkau, Shigeru Ban and Bjarke Ingels discuss new ideas that are reshaping the field of architecture. For more information, please visit here.