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Arise Sir Richard: MacCormac heads New Year's honours list

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Richard Cornelius MacCormac has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year's honours in what was otherwise a relatively quiet list for the profession.

MacCormac, 62, who is already a CBE and was RIBA president from 1991-3, was joined on the the list of new 'Sirs' by a 'delighted' Arup chairman Duncan Michael and the rector of the Royal College of Art, Professor Christopher Frayling.

Michael Wilford, the only other 'big name' architect on the list, received a CBE. The Queen opened both Wilford's new British Embassy in Berlin and his Salford Lowry last year.

Others allied to the profession included: Peter Jenkinson, the director client for Caruso St John's New Art Gallery in Walsall; Michael Keatinge, retiring head of the architecture branch at the Department of Culture Media and Sport; and former RIAS president Andrew Wright, all of whom received OBEs. OBEs also went to Alison Austin of J Sainsbury, who was behind the Chetwood Associates-designed store at Greenwich; and Ujima Housing Association chief executive Aman Dalvi.

Barry Shaw, chief executive of the North Kent Architecture Centre at Chatham, received an MBE.

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