Born in 1949 and trained at the Architectural Association. Nigel Coates is a celebrated British architect and designer. He has consistently experimented and questioned his field, extended its boundaries and bridged it with semiotics, craftsmanship and contemporary culture. With his first architectural commission in Japan in 1985, he founded Branson Coates Architecture. His portfolio of buildings and interiors in the UK and Japan includes the Wall and Art Silo in Tokyo, the Hubs in Sheffield, the Geffrye Museum in London and the Body Zone in the Millennium Dome. In recent years Coates has also accumulated a broad-ranging catalogue of furniture and lighting designs. His products have been realised by many Italian companies including Gebru?der Thonet Vienna, Fornasetti, Alessi and Slamp where he art directs. In 2006 he established his own London studio of architecture and design. The HQ in Bloomsbury combines architectural laboratory, showroom and gallery. From 1995 to 2011 Coates was Head of the Department of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. He is currently RCA Professor Emeritus and Chair of the Academic Court at the London School of Architecture. In 2012 he won the Annie Spink Award for excellence in architectural education. From 2008 to 2014 Nigel was also President of Jury at the Pavilion of Art & Design, London.