Architect Farshid Moussavi has been handed an OBE in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list
The Iranian-born British architect, who was joint head of award-winning practice Foreign Office Architects (1993-2011) before setting up Farshid Moussavi Architecture, was given the honour in recognition of her services to architecture. Last year Moussavi curated the architecture space at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition (see AJ 13.06.17).
Former RIBA president Jane Duncan was also honoured. The Buckinghamshire-based architect received an OBE for her services to diversity in the architecture profession.
Before becoming president in 2015, Duncan was the institute’s equality and diversity champion (see AJ 06.02.13).
Meanwhile there was also a knighthood for Charles Saumarez Smith, the current secretary and chief executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, who has overseen the David Chipperfield-designed revamp of the Piccadilly-based institution. In 1990 his book, The Building of Castle Howard, was awarded the Alice David Hitchcock medallion.
There was recognition too for Roma Agrawal, an associate director at AECOM, for services to engineering.
I saw an envelope from the cabinet office and joked "I wonder what that is, must be my MBE" and laughed.— Roma Agrawal (@RomaTheEngineer) 8 June 2018
I opened it, and there it was.
I truly can't believe I've been given this honour. My work has only just begun.
Thank you. 💚#BirthdayHonours