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Sir David Adjaye Studio

Sir David Frank Adjaye OBE Studio

Welcome to our studio named after Sir David Frank Adjaye OBE. The visual arts department were inspired to give our new studio within the newly built building a meaningful name. As Richmond upon Thames College is a dynamic and inclusive environment, we wanted to exercise our sense of purpose and with the help of Tim Pond, we are so proud to be able to highlight an important figure within modern architecture design.

Tim Pond

Tim Pond

Tim Pond is a full-time trainer and lecturer in Graphic Design at Richmond upon Thames College, where he teaches students of all ages how to use Adobe Indesign and Adobe Photoshop to create professional work. The majority of his students go on to pursue successful careers in graphic design and illustration.

Tim’s own artwork and illustration are widely recognised. His most recent publication which he wrote and illustrated is called “The Field Guide to Drawing and Sketching Animals” (Search Press 2019) which has been published in six languages.

He is the associate artist at London Zoo (ZSL) and has completed collaborations with Tring Natural History Museum, WWT Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Barnes and the Royal Veterinary College.  Tim is a judge for the Nancy Rothwell Award of the Royal Society of Biology. Previously, he was a freelance illustrator for The Guardian (a British national daily newspaper).

Tim holds an MA in Illustration from Kingston University, a degree in Fine Art from the University of the West of England and a PGCE in Art and Design from The Institute of Education in London.

Sir David Adjaye OBE

Sir David Adjaye OBE is an award-winning Ghanaian-British architect known to infuse his artistic sensibilities and ethos for community-driven projects. His ingenious use of materials, bespoke designs and visionary sensibilities have set him apart as one of the leading architects of his generation. In 2000, David founded his practice, Adjaye Associates, which today operates globally, with studios in Accra, London, and New York taking on projects that span the globe. The firm’s work ranges from private houses, bespoke furniture collections, product design, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings, and master plans. His largest project to date, The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by The New York Times.

In 2017, David was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognised as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME Magazine. Most recently, David was the winner of the 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Gold Medal is considered one of the highest honours in British architecture for significant contribution to the field internationally. Sir Adjaye is also the recipient of the World Economic Forum’s 27th Annual Crystal Award, recognising his “leadership in serving communities, cities and the environment.”


Our Graphic Design courses build on the long history of unique excellence in design and visual communication at Richmond upon Thames College, we prepare students for the future of design whilst using industry-standard technologies.


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Emerge is a community of designers, educators, and students interested in exploring what it means to be a contemporary graphic designer working within Sir David Adjaye OBE Studio. We believe that visual design has a role in modern life’s broader fields and landscape, both locally and globally. We aim to empower you to be a proactive practitioner with the ability to make a change.

Never Settle

Since the intake of class 2020, the HNC/HND in Graphic Design has changed dynamically with a strong focus on using the many other Adobe Creative Cloud Suite applications (such as After Effects, Premiere Pro, Dimensions and XD) and web design applications (such as WordPress) to increase the skillset of the collective. With a strong desire to achieve individual needs and outcomes, Tim has embraced and incorporated many of these applications into the intake class of 2021.


“I’ve seen the transformation and development of this graphic design studio (HND Class of 2020-2021).
Naming the studio after Sir David Adjaye OBE, was an incredibly fantastic opportunity to highlight an architectural genius and figure representing modern thinking within a multicultural society and great British design. A true inspiration to many and a reflection on the unique architectural design of Richmond upon Thames College’s new building.”

Roan Brown

Founder – Roan Brown Visual Arts Graphic/Motion/Web Designer
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