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Harley Sherlock awarded MBE

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Architect known for progressive housing estates given MBE in New Year Honours

The 1950s housing schemes in Islington, London, by his practice Andrews Sherlock & Partners, were hailed as ahead of their time and are said to have heavily influenced practices such as Levitt Bernstein and CZWG.

The 82-year-old was ‘surprised and delighted’ to receive the honour in recognition of projects such as Blenheim Court near Archway and Southwood House in Highgate.

In two highly influential books – Cities are Good For Us (1991) and An Architect in Islington (2007) – Sherlock taught a generation of architects that you don’t need to build tall to achieve high densities in urban areas.

‘In the hurry to get people rehoused after the Second World War, my contemporaries tended to see the tower block as the answer,’ Sherlock told the AJ. ‘As students we were all inspired by the idea of Le Corbusier-style tower blocks set in parklands.

‘What I hit upon, with my partner Malcolm Andrews, was the idea of trying to create the modern equivalent of traditional four-storey housing,’ he added.

Sherlock was also recognised for his campaigning work as chairman of the green transport group Transport 2000 (now the Campaign for Better Transport) in the 1980s. He is also ex-president of the London branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Meanwhile, RIBA honorary fellow Paul Morrell received an OBE for his work as deputy chairman of CABE. Morrell was a senior partner at Davis Langdon until his recent retirement.

Marcial Hernan Echenique, professor of land use and transport studies at Cambridge University, also received an MBE for services to urban and regional planning.

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