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Honour bound

ASTRAGAL

Architects have again done well in the Queen's Birthday Honours. A welldeserved knighthood for Te r r y Farrell, after rescuing British architecture from the slough of bricky-blocky details that stood for 'authentic' architecture 20 years ago. It was always touch and go in the race between Farrell and Nick Grimshaw for a knighthood;

one will surely come to Grimshaw soon.The CBE for Richard Saxon was a just about adequate reward for all those CIC meetings and other good works. Also well deserved was the knighthood for Joe Dwyer, formerly of Wimpey and now president of the ICE and chairman of the Liverpool Vision regeneration organisation.The CBEs throw up another fascinating, and long overdue, recognition of great architecture - Essex University's emeritus professor in art history, Michael Podro, the first British scholar to draw attention to the greatest of all 19th century theoristeducators, Gottfried Semper.

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