Edward Jones of Dixon Jones was the most highly awarded architect on this year’s New Year’s Honours list, receiving a CBE for his services to architecture
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Jones has joined the ranks of architects recognised by the Queen for their contribution to UK society along with Sustainable by Design founder Lynne Sullivan who received an OBE and Martin Ashley of Martin Ashley Architects who was appointed a MVO (Member of the Royal Victoria Order).
The Dixon Jones founding partner said: ‘I feel very flattered and very honoured that my profession has given me this CBE. It’s a good feeling because most of one’s life in this profession is to harden one’s skin against disappointment.
‘However when you get a bit of good news like this it’s unequivocal.’
Lynne Sullivan said: ‘I’m very pleased. I hope it means people are recognising the importance of sustainability in everything we do.’
Also receiving CBEs were WS Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke, Arup’s global leader of planning Peter Head, and Homes and Communities Agency chair Robert Napier.
Clarke said: ‘It is a privilege to be in the engineering sector and to be honoured in this way. I believe it is engineering’s decade as deep technical expertise will help this country take a leadership position in finding engineering solutions to help deliver low carbon economies. I am proud to be part of it.’
Jeffrey Vickers who invented the Chromacopy technique of photography used by architects in the 1980s received an MBE for photography and services to the creative industries.
Now chair of Genix Imaging, Vickers said: ‘Chromacopy revolutionised the way presentations were made by architects from their concept boards.’
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There were also honours for former RIBA President and co-founder of Ferguson Mann Architects, George Ferguson – who was handed a CBE for his architectural and community work in the South West – and Glasgow-based Gareth Hoskins – who picked up an OBE for his service to architecture.
Hoskins said: ‘It was a bit of a surprise….[however] it’s always encouraging, particularly when the economic climate makes practice so challenging, to be recognised for the work you are doing and for the contribution the wider policy areas we are also involved in through A&DS.’
Meanwhile John Anderson, who oversaw the Eric Parry Architects-designed transformation of the St. Martin in the Fields church, in London’s Trafalgar Square, also received an OBE.
FACTFILE - the Queen’s honours, decreasing in seniority
- Knight Grand Cross (GBE) or Dame Grand Cross (GBE)
- Knight Commander (KBE) or Dame Commander (DBE)
- Commander (CBE)
- Officer (OBE)
- Member (MBE)
New Year’s Honours: Edward Jones lands CBE