Aidan Walker’s MA in History from Cambridge University was a highly appropriate education, he claims, for his ‘first career’ in furniture design and cabinetmaking – itself an admirable preparation for 20 years of writing for, editing and directing almost all the UK professional design magazines. As director of Aidan Walker Associates, he now creates, curates, presents and chairs conference and seminar programmes such as the International New York Times’ Art for Tomorrow conference in Doha, Qatar, the conference and seminar programmes for Design Shanghai and Grand Designs Live, and the British Institute of Interior Design’s summer conference.