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Arise Sir Nicholas: Grimshaw leads New Year's honours list

Architects were thin on the ground in the New Year's honours list, although Nicholas Grimshaw joined the ranks of knighted architects and AJ publishing director Paul Finch bagged an OBE.

Grimshaw, whose most significant building of the past year, the Eden Project, narrowly missed out on the Stirling Prize - losing to Wilkinson Eyre's Magna Centre in Rotherham - won his knighthood just a year after former partner Sir Terry Farrell was honoured.

Finch's OBE was for services to architecture as a reflection both of his time as AJ editor and now as deputy chairman of the government's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

'This is my 30th year in the media and this is a great way to celebrate that, ' said Finch.

Although the list was not packed with knighthoods for architects, Finch added: 'There are a lot of professions that don't receive honours on such a regular basis as architects.' However, there were some raised eyebrows at the lack of honours yet for RIBA ex-president David Rock.

Knighthoods did go to Nigel Thompson, deputy chairman of Arup - honoured for his involvement in the reconstruction of Kosovo and Yugoslavia; and to Peter Mason, chief executive of Amec, for his services to overseas trade.

Architect John Marriott Knight received an OBE for his services to regional architecture through his work with Historic Scotland, as did Professor Frank Arneil Walker for services to architectural history and conservation.

Other figures connected to the world of architecture who received knighthoods included Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council for services to local government; and Timothy Clifford, director general of the National Galleries of Scotland, for services to the arts.

Robert Shields, chief executive of the North West Regional Development Agency, and Michael Storey, leader of Liverpool City Council, both won CBEs for services to regeneration. Susan Bonfanti, head of the Urban Policy Division at the DTLR, received an OBE.

MBEs went to Malcolm Haxby, head of the city planning group for Westminster City Council, for services to local government; and to David Morrison, senior planner for the Scottish Executive, and William Prescott from Armagh, for services to the environment.

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