David Chipperfield and Clare Wright have been rewarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to architecture.
Chipperfield, who is made a CBE, described the award as 'very surprising'. 'I didn't think anybody knew about me in England and would have expected an award in Germany before here, ' he said from Berlin.
'Maybe I won it for missionary work: exporting British architecture to the four corners of the world. In my more paranoid moments I sometimes feel forgotten and ignored so it's nice recognition for the office.'
Wright, of Camden-based Wright & Wright Architects, becomes an MBE, a move she described as 'pleasing'.
Other recipients include Michael Cassidy, deputy chairman of the City Architecture Forum, and Michael Ash, deputy director of planning at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, who both received CBEs.