Cecil Balmond is the Paul Philippe Cret Chair & Professor of Architecture at Penn Design, as well as the founding director of their Non-Linear Systems Organization. He has studied at such institutions as Trinity College, University of Columbo, University of Southhampton and Imperial College, London.
Balmond’s engineering work draws heavily from natural forms and structures, and he has worked with artists, scientists and architects to look at patterns in music and cellular structures as inspiration for shapes and forms. That creative influence is evident in much of his personal work, including the Ito-Balmond Serpentine Pavilion, the Weave Bridge, the Pedro e Ines footbridge, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and others. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the largest piece of public art in all of Britain, and is intended to be a permanent monument to London’s 2012 hosting of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
His recent epic sculpture, the Star of Caledonia, has been in progress since 2013, and long ago passed its expected completion in 2014. Cost overruns have delayed the project.
His work has been recognized with the Gengo Matsui prize, the Sir Banister Fletcher Prize and the honor of Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2015, for his contributions to architecture.
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Cecil Balmond OBE is a Sri Lankan–British designer, artist, and writer. In 1968 Balmond joined Ove Arup & Partners, leading him to become deputy chairman. In 2000 he founded design and research group, the AGU .Source: Wikipedia
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