Elsie Owusu and Jim Eyre have been awarded OBEs for services to architecture in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, which also includes a builder who is wheelchair-bound after an accident on a construction site.
Owusu, a founder of the Society of Black Architects, said: 'I was so surprised, you could have knocked me down with a feather. It's very nice and recognition of the work the society has done. It's seen as an organisation that makes a difference.'
The award for Jim Eyre, senior partner in Wilkinson Eyre Architects, caps a successful period in which the practice has twice won the Stirling Prize. His colleague, Chris Wilkinson, was awarded an OBE in 2000.
There were also OBEs for Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director noted for introducing the summer pavilion, for services to art; and historian Bridget Cherry. CBEs were awarded to Peabody Trust director and CABE commissioner Dickon Robinson, for services to housing; and Professor Joseph Mordaunt Crook, for services to architectural history.
Wheelchair user Ian Whittingham, a former roofer in his 30s who broke his back in a fall in 1993, was awarded an MBE for services to health and safety in the construction industry.