Twelve new honorary fellowships have been approved by the RIBA for ‘particular contributions people have made to architecture in its broadest sense’
The recipients include men and women from a wide range of backgrounds, including architectural education, engineering, surveying and journalism.
The lifetime honour allows those chosen to use the initials Hon FRIBA after their name, and reflects their contribution to such things as architecture’s role in building sustainable communities.
The recipients are:
- David Birkbeck, chief executive Design for Homes;
- Peter Bishop, Design for London;
- Patrick Blanc, French landscape designer;
- Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG, London 2012;
- Alain de Botton, author (pictured above at the Stirling Prize dinner);
- Tom Dyckhoff, journalist and broadcaster.
- Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of Vitra;
- Colin Hayward, quantity surveyor, KCMS;
- Hans Ulrich Obrist, Swiss curator and critic, Serpentine Gallery;
- Liz Pearce, CE, The British Property Foundation;
- Brett Steele, director of The Architectural Association;
- Albert Taylor, engineer, Adams Kara Taylor.
Says RIBA president Ruth Reed: ‘All of these people have done much for architecture, whether as practitioners or commentators. In their very different ways, they have helped to improve the quality of design and influence the delivery of the built environment in a sustainable and creative way.’