Landscape architect Andrew Grant wins prestige award
The founder of a Bath landscape architecture firm has won a highly prestigious industry award.
Andrew Grant, director of city centre-based Grant Associates, has been recognised for his pioneering global work in sustainable and ecological landscape architecture by becoming a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI).
Mr 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, with the first Kim Wilkie in 2009.
His work prioritises sustainability, incorporating the fundamentals of ecological planting, biodiversity, and water use.
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He has developed a global reputation for a range of innovative work such as the acclaimed Gardens by the Bay attraction in Singapore which opened this year. Other projects he has worked on include Accordia in Cambridge, the Wessex Water operations centre at Claverton Down in Bath and Kuala Lumpur's new international finance district, the Tun Razak Exchange.
The RDI was established by the Royal Society of Arts 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 of 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, Sir James Dyson, and Vivienne Westwood.