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International stars to receive RIBA fellowships

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Scottish Parliament mastermind Benedetta Tagliabue and Whitechapel Gallery revamp designers Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem will be among a handful of ‘exceptional’ non-UK architects to be given RIBA International Fellowships tomorrow night (11 February)

They will be joined in receiving Fellowships at an all-star ceremony in Portland Place by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio; Ireland’s Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara; Francis Kéré from Burkina Faso; Switzerland’s Valerio Ogiati; and Alejandro Aravena from Chile.

RIBA President Ruth Reed said: ‘Throughout its 175 year history, the RIBA has honoured men and women who have made a major contribution to the world of architecture, wherever in the world they practice. 

‘Of the 10 architects made RIBA International Fellows in 2010, six work in partnership. They come from four different continents, and seven different countries: Chile, America, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy. Their work represents not only the spirit of their countries but also transcends it to become truly international in its reference and influence.’

The RIBA’s 2010 International Fellowships in full:

  •       Alejandro Aravena, Chile
  •       Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, USA
  •       Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Ireland
  •       Francis Kéré, Burkina Faso/Germany
  •       Valerio Olgiati, Switzerland
  •       Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem, Belgium
  •       Benedetta Tagliabue, Italy/Spain


The lifetime honour, conferred annually, allows individual recipients to use the initials Int FRIBA after their name.

This year’s (2010) RIBA Honours Committee was chaired by RIBA president, Ruth Reed with:

  • David Adjaye, founder of Adjaye Associates
  • Edward Cullinan, founder of, Edward Cullinan Architects
  • Max Fordham, environmental engineer and founder of Max Fordham Partnership
  • Anne Lacaton, architect, founder of Paris-based Lacaton & Vassal
  • Laura Lee, client on Maggie’s cancer care centres.
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