Winners’ experience Heatherwick Studio

Impact, Winner’s Story

At Creative Conscience, we are fortunate to have support from many great designers and practitioners. This year Heatherwick Studio have taken on two of our winning architects for work experience. Julia Mulders, one of the winners, has shared her experience with us.


At the end of my third year, I was lucky enough to win a gold at the Creative Conscience Awards in July 2017 for my project on the alleviation of malnutrition in rural Zambia. The awards particularly try to put new graduates in touch with established designers to kick-start their career. In my case I was lucky enough to be offered an opportunity to undertake an internship at Heatherwick Studio in London. I was completely taken by surprise at the chance to have a ‘look behind the scenes’ at this prestigious design studio. As a student I often turned to the studio’s work for inspiration, very interested in his experimental approach. I was fascinated by the way in which his unique and diverse projects transformed from abstract shape, form and detail.

When I first arrived at the studio, I was nervous to say the least, however, this nervousness quickly subsided at the overwhelming friendliness of their staff. They were approachable, encouraging and always willing to help. I was given the chance to work with various members of the team both in the studio and workshop spaces – creativity emanating from the walls themselves; it was inspiring just being in the room! What really stood out for me was the importance placed on the experimental stage of the design process as well as the way in which individuals with different skills collaborate.

The experience has given me more of the confidence and enthusiasm I will need to carry on in the creative industry. When looking for a design solution, I will remind myself to keep an open mind, stay positive and that the impossible is possible.