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Former AJ editor among New Year's honours

Former AJ editor, Leslie Stephen Fairweather, and civic architect John Victor Thorp were among the sprinkling of industry professionals honoured in the Queen's New Year's list.

Fairweather, who picked up an OBE for services to architecture, HM Prison service and the West Sussex community, was originally recruited as AJ technical editor in 1963 and rose to editor a decade later. In 1984 he was made managing director of the Architectural Press.

Along with Tim Battle, Fairweather also established the Awards for Architecture at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition.

Others allied to the profession who secured awards include Leeds City Council civic architect John Victor Thorp, who received an MBE for services to architecture. Thorp joined the council in 1970 and is a former lecturer with Leeds School of Architecture.

In the building sector, an OBE went to Paul Fletcher Everall, head of building division at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The former head of building control at the Scottish Executive, Dr John Philip Cornish, also picked up the title.

Regeneration also won its share of awards, including an OBE for English Partnerships' director, Ralph David Luck, for services to urban renewal. Christopher Austin Stendall, from the ODPM's regeneration sponsorship division, also took OBE.

Brian Anthony Morton, a conservation engineer, picked up an MBE for his contribution to heritage and Margaret Ann Richardson, curator at the Sir John Soanes Museum, London, bagged at OBE for services to museums.

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