Cecil Balmond, former deputy chairman of Ove Arup & Partners, and now with his own practice Balmond Studio, is one of the most important engineers of his generation. In this talk he charts his career, his relationship with Sir Ove Arup, his work with architects such as Serge Chermayeff and James Stirling, the development of his approach to the relationship of architecture and engineering and his ground-breaking designs with Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind and Álvaro Siza Vieira.
In 2000 he set up his own design team - the Advance Geometry Unit within Arups. He was formerly visiting Kenzo Tange Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture and Saarinen Professor at Yale University School of Architecture, and currently holds the Paul Philippe Cret Chair at PennDesign (the position once held by Louis Kahn), where he is developing a radical programme on the generation of form.
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