Architect Chris Hildrey who is currently working for Niall McLaughlin, has been appointed designer in residence at the UK’s Design Museum.
Hildrey, who has also worked for Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid and OMA, is one of four designers to be named as participants in the museum’s first residency since it moved to London’s Kensington.
The others are multimedia artist Soomi Park, Yinka Danmole, who works across design, art and architecture, and design duo Studio Ayaskan.
The museum’s 10th annual residency has taken the theme “support”.
Hildrey, who will continue to be project architect on McLaughlin’s scheme for the nearby Natural History Museum, will spend his seven-month residency investigating the impacts of austerity and the difference designers can make.
He said: “The project is still in the early stages and will continue to refine, though the central aim is to consider the impact of cuts on the country’s municipal support network and the role design can have to mitigate the impact on those most in need.
“The plan is to first engage directly with those affected to develop a better understanding of the issues before developing proposals and interventions to help reinforce the increasingly threadbare safety net within society.”
The four designers will be based in a dedicated studio on the top floor where visitors will be able to watch as they create their work.