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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Andrew Grant awarded Royal Designer for Industry

Grant is one of two British landscape designers honoured in this year’s RDI Awards, the other being Dan Pearson. They are only the second and third British landscape architects to receive the award since it was introduced in 1936.  The first was Kim Wilkie in 2009.

Grant??s pioneering work in landscape architecture is extensively concerned with sustainability, incorporating fundamentals of ecological planting, biodiversity, water use and the sensitive and empirical needs of architects and environmental engineers.  


Andrew has developed a global reputation for a range of extraordinarily innovative work which fuses elements of nature, technology and design, such as the acclaimed Gardens by the Bay attraction in Singapore which opened this year.  Other notable projects he has worked on include Accordia in Cambridge, Wessex Water Operations Centre in Bath and Kuala Lumpur’s new international finance district, the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX).


The distinction Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) was established by the RSA in 1936 to enhance the status of designers in industry and to encourage a high standard of industrial design. It is widely regarded as the highest accolade for designers in the UK, given to practising designers who have shown sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society.


Only 200 designers are able to hold the distinction RDI at any one time.  There are now 140 RDIs and 61 Honorary RDIs.  Other current holders of the Award include Terence Conran, Jonathan Ive, James Dyson, Vivienne Westwood and Thomas Heatherwick.






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