4 November 2020

Thomas Heatherwick judges inaugural Davidson Prize

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A new architectural ideas prize in memory of Alan Davidson launches today, which for its inaugural theme will focus on how homes of the future can accommodate the new demand to work from home post-Covid 19. Thomas Heatherwick will join Alison Brooks, Michelle Ogundehin, Narinder Sagoo, and Sonia Solicari as the first Davidson Prize panel of judges. 

The Davidson Prize, named after the late pioneer of architectural visualisations, Alan Davidson, will select three finalists who will each receive £5,000 to develop their ideas. The overall winner will receive a prize of £10,000.

The annual prize will reward transformative ideas for the architecture of the home, and a different theme will be chosen each year. The inaugural theme – Home/Work – A New Future – has been prompted by the need to reassess how we want to live post-pandemic, with many people saying they would like to work from home more often. However, redesigning domestic spaces for work is a more complex brief than simply choosing the right desk and chair.

Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio and 2021 Judge of The Davidson Prize, said:

“I’m excited to be a judge of The Davidson Prize and am looking forward to being provoked by ambitious ideas in response to the inaugural theme of Home/Work. As a pioneer of architectural visualisations, Alan Davidson was passionate about communicating compelling ideas – so I’m interested to see how teams not only creatively reimagine homes and domestic spaces for work, but also find ways to tell the stories of these ideas in the most engaging ways.”

For full details on The Davidson Prize please visit www.thedavidsonprize.com.