10 Facts About Cecil Balmond


Cecil Balmond OBE is a Sri Lankan–British designer, artist, and writer.

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Cecil Balmond currently holds the Paul Philippe Cret Chair at PennDesign as Professor of Architecture where he is the founding director of the Non Linear Systems Organization, a material and structural research unit.

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Cecil Balmond has been Kenzo Tange Visiting Design Critic at Harvard Graduate School of Architecture, Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University School of Architecture and visiting fellow at London School of Economics Urban Cities Programme .

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In 2010 Cecil Balmond set up his own practice, Cecil Balmond Studio, with offices in London and Colombo.

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Cecil Balmond was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to architecture.

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In 2016 Cecil Balmond was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture by the University of Virginia.

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Cecil Balmond went to Trinity College, Kandy and later studied engineering at the University of Colombo.

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Cecil Balmond sees his work as an open-ended visual application of theory, following the principle that "structure as conceptual rigour is architecture".

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Cecil Balmond has been a creative force behind London's Serpentine Pavilion programme.

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Cecil Balmond collaborated with Kapoor on Marsyas a sculpture which was displayed in Tate Modern Turbine Hall, and co-designed the Tees Valley Giants art installations with Kapoor.

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