Cecil Balmond is a Sri-Lankan born designer and engineer of world renown. He was deputy chairman of Ove Arup and Partners Ltd. He is the head of Balmond Studio, a design and research practice based in London. Balmond is the author of informal, Element, and Number 9, all published by Prestel. He has received many awards, including the Banister Fletcher Prize, the Gengo Masui Prize, and the RIBA Charles Jencks Award for Theory in Practice. He has taught at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and the Yale School of Architecture and currently holds the Cret Char at PennDesign as Professor of Architecture.