The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) is excited to announce Thomas Heatherwick and James Dyson as two of its Honorary Fellows for 2013.

Thomas Heatherwick and James Dyson will be presented with their Honorary Fellowships at the 2013 BIID Annual Conference, “Design Invention: Where Art and Science Collide” (RIBA HQ, Portland Place, London on Thursday 27th June 2013).

Thomas Heatherwick owns Heatherwick Studio which he founded in 1994. Described by Sir Terence Conran as a “Leonardo da Vinci of our times', he is one of the country’s most original, creative talents. He has produced everything from sculptural chairs forged from the world's largest aluminium extruder and the stunning Olympic cauldron to a bridge that rolls open and closed and an exuberant seed bank, 'hairy' with fibre-optic lights (the award-winning UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo).

British engineer James Dyson attended the Royal College of Art and studied architecture. But instead of colonnades and cladding, robust marine engineering was the order of the day as he developed the Sea Truck, a flat-hulled, high-speed landing craft and, with it, his passion for engineering. During the five years it took to develop his first vacuum, the DC01, James was also battling to convince other manufacturers to embrace his new technology, then protect his invention when they copied it. He has a reputation for taking risks, making mistakes and using frustration as a fuel for creativity and solving problems.

“Our Honorary Fellowships are incredibly important to the Institute,” says Sue Timney, BIID President. “They provide an opportunity to recognise those who have inspired and influenced designers today. As an Institute we genuinely value the amazing originality, flair and creativity that make Thomas and James such eminent and respected figures in the design world. We are delighted to confer these Honorary Fellowships in recognition of their immense achievements. It’s also a mark of our own stature and progress in recent times that, in return, such great designers can accept our invitation and be a part of the Institute in the years ahead.”

The BIID Honorary Fellowships will be presented at this year’s conference; “Design Invention: Art and Science Collide”. The day-long event will explore the dynamics and changing creative landscape in design, through the experiences of global experts and practitioners. The 2012 conference, entitled “Celebrating British Design”, attracted an audience of more than 170 people and featured high profile speakers from a range of design disciplines.

More information regarding the conference and further Honorary Fellows will be announced shortly. Visit or follow @BIIDtalk on twitter for constant updates.


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About the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)

Established in 1966, the BIID is the professional Institute for interior designers in theUK.

The BIID’s growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous entry requirements that assess training, experience and professionalism, the Institute requires members to continue their professional development throughout their career, ensuring their continued expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters.

The BIID is the only professional organisation for interior designers which has been granted the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State as the pre-eminent body in its field. The Institute’s mission is to encourage and support creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.

On the national stage, the BIID is a full member of the Construction Industry Council and, as a result, is now part of Government consultations to advise on new policy and legislation. Internationally, the BIID is represented on the board of the International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers; the global voice and authority for professional interior architects and designers. More details at