To the RIBA's Jarvis Hall, to listen to Jonathan Dimbleby address the assembled throng of institute bigwigs, on the subject of sustainable development. In the crowd were the honorary fellows for 2002, there to pick up their scrolls, thankfully without long rehashes of their life stories.
Instead the organisers commendably decided to produce a booklet outlining the achievements of people like English Heritage's Sir Neil Cossons, Walsall art gallery's Peter Jenkinson, and the marvellously well-received (whoops and cheers) Mexican architect and former UIA chair Sara Topelson de Grinberg. But perhaps RIBA chief executive Richard Hastilow could have done with a reminder in one instance, of the person waiting to get his fellowship. Kim Wilkie, 'one of the UK's pre-eminent landscape architects', urban designer and environmental planner, has nevertheless not quite entered the commander's consciousness. He invited one Kim Wilde to come onto the stage. At least curvaceous pop songstress Wilde is now in the gardening business after years as a singer in the '80s, but maybe Hastilow is betraying his naval background. One of Wilde's bigger hits (by Ricky and Marti) was entitled View from a Bridge.