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Bennetts among the honours in Queen's new year list

Two architects picked up honours in the Queen's New Year's list, but there were no knighthoods for the profession this time around.

Rab Bennetts (right), director of Bennetts Associates, was awarded an OBE for his services to architecture, while Julian Owen, chairman of the Association of Self-Build Architects and RIBA councillor, earned an MBE.

Others allied to the profession to receive awards include industry veteran Alan Crane, who was honoured with a CBE for his contribution to the Movement for Innovation (M4i).

In the area of regeneration, a knighthood went to Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council and long-term strategist behind the city's recent renewal successes. The founding partner of developer Minerva, David Garrard, was also awarded a knighthood.

In the field of heritage, Brian Spicer, director of Heritage London Trust, bagged an OBE for services to architectural heritage and museums, as did Philip Venning, secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Paul Oliver won an MBE for services to architectural education, and John Sienkiewicz, head of urban policy for the Thames Gateway area at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, takes an OBE.

The lack of knighthoods for architecture follows previous successes in 2002, when Nicholas Grimshaw was made a knight. In the Queen's Birthday honours in June 2001 it was the turn of Terry Farrell and in New Year 2001 Richard MacCormac triumphed.

Bennetts, who sits on the board of M4i and has been an expert advisor to Islington planning committee, said the honour was 'amazing' and that he was 'very chuffed'. He said the award was also in recognition of the work of all in the office who had helped the firm develop its reputation.

'It's embarrassing that only one person got this award for what a lot of people have done, ' he said.

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