Frank Gehry was on top form at the Gold Medal champagne extravaganza at Whitehall Palace last week. He showed a number of schemes from around the world - nowadays he picks who to work with on the basis of how much he likes the clients. He also uses his dreams to hone designs, he told an audience of luminaries including Lords Foster and Rogers, Richard MacCormac, Sir Denys Lasdun, Michael and Patty Hopkins, Frank Duffy, David Rock, TV's Piers Gough, presidential hopeful Paul Hyett (but not Alex Reid), and new honorary fellows like Herbert Girardet and former RFAC secretary Francis Golding.
President Marco (Richard Rogers Partnership, of course) handed out a string of other fellowships. Among them were:
Laurie Abbott, backroom design guru on many key RRP projects; Tom Barker, a services engineer who worked on the Pompidou Centre and Lloyd's of London, by, um, RRP; Sir Peter Hall, a member of Rogers'Urban Task Force; Garry Hart, the City solicitor who lists projects such as two schemes for the South Bank Centre and Coin Street on his CV (both RRP); Jan Kaplicky, who worked for Piano and Rogers; Paul Morrell, senior partner of Davis Langdon & Everest and whose major projects include, er, Chiswick Park for Stanhope (RRP); Lucy Musgrave, who is director of the Architecture Foundation (chairman of trustees, and also her father-in-law is Lord Rogers); Kenneth Powell, whose books include monographs on the Richard Rogers Partnership; Derek Taylor, a planning advisor whose projects include the Lloyd's building by RRP; and Imagination boss Gary Withers, whose company initiated the project which turned into the Millennium Dome. Which was designed by . . .