Meet the Councillors

Materials Council was established by Ian Hunter, Brad Turner and founding partner Architonic. Ian and Brad are highly qualified industrial designers and former materials researchers at Foster + Partners architects.

Brad Turner (left) and Ian Hunter (right)

Here they kept the practice abreast of developments in architectural materials and technologies, operated the world’s largest materials library and advised the architects about material selection, implementation and sustainability. They have worked directly on a number of prestigious international projects including the new Apple campus, the Masdar Institute of Technology and Spaceport America.

Ian has participated in a number of forums and events including the UKTI’s Materials Knowledge Transfer Network and the Neue Workstoffe ‘new materials’ symposium at the Technische Universität München. Brad has worked in the fields of media, communications and business development for the two leading global design portals – Designboom in Milan and Dezeen in London.

They are regular speakers at international events, including the Cradle-to-Cradle cafe in Rotterdam, and are visiting lecturers at the London College of Communication and the Royal College of Art. They also feature frequently in online and print media, recently being interviewed in FX Magazine, published in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ periodical Modus and providing specialist materials knowledge for The Evening Standard.

The founding team is supported by Architonic’s 70-strong international team of specialists in the fields of architecture, design, management, marketing, IT and sales.