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Emerging Talent Medal: Julian Melchiorri


The 2017 Emerging Talent Medal was awarded to Julian Melchiorri. The Emerging Talent Medal, supported by Storey, recognises an individual who has made an impact on the design scene within five or so years of graduation.

Julian Melchiorri is an innovator, design-engineer, and entrepreneur. Internationally known for his 'artificial leaf' projects, he exploits biological micro-organisms and materials to convert waste and pollution into valuable resources.

Earlier in his career, Melchiorri designed and engineered both products and manufacturing processes for a major Italian lighting company and for the London high-tech collective ‘’Random International’’, making technology-driven interactive experiments and massive scale installations, utilizing a multitude of technologies such as robotic, sensing and hydraulic technologies. He subsequently enrolled in a Master of Science from Imperial College of London and a Master of Arts from Royal College of Arts called "Innovation Design Engineering" program. Over this period, Melchiorri cultivated his interest and skills in biotechnology, biomimicry and biomaterials through intensive laboratory experimentation aiming to harness nature’s efficient technologies to solve major environmental and social issues.

Melchiorri is now the founder and CEO of Arborea, a biochemical technology company based at Imperial Innovations and part of the European Institute of Technology Climate-KIC Accelerator. He was the V&A Exhibition Road Engineering resident from April 2016 to July 2017, a TEDx speaker, and Forbes 30 under 30 best social entrepreneurs 2017. Earlier in 2017, he won the Arts Foundation award for Materials Innovation supported by the Clothworkers' Founders.

Supported by Storey.