Ole Smith, Heatherwick Studio
Ole Smith, the Project Leader of The Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) joined Heatherwick Studio in 2005 having worked in architectural practices in New York and Denmark, bringing extensive experience across a variety of sectors including education, cultural and commercial.
Studied at the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark, Ole gained his final architectural qualifications in 2003. Whilst studying, he won an international competition to create a master plan for City Related Harbour Areas in Aarhus.
Before joining Heatherwick studio, Ole gained experience at Michael Sorkin, New York, where he worked on a master plan for a 211 acre campus at Chicago University. This was followed by a placement at Asymptote, where his projects included the Guggenheim Centre for Art and Technology and a new commercial space in Wall Street. Following this, Ole returned to his native Denmark where he worked at Aarhus Architects on the design for a 100,000 sqft Centre for Ecology in Herning before moving to London-based RTKL architects and joined the team working on the £70m expansion of Lewisham Hospital.
During his tenure at Heatherwick studio, established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994 and recognized for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, design and strategic thinking, Ole has worked on the award-winning East Beach Café in Littlehampton, a low-cost housing project in South Africa, the RIBA award-winning Aberystwyth Artists' Studios in Wales and a competition for the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle in London. He also led the design and construction of Heatherwick Studio's current design space in King's Cross, London. Besides, he worked on a boutique hotel tower in Hong Kong and was Project Leader for a high-end residential development in central Kuala Lumpur.