The architectural establishment has further embraced designer Thomas Heatherwick after the RIBA today named him as one of 10 new Honorary Fellows.
Heatherwick, who recently landed the prize project of designing the UK’s pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010, was honoured alongside a ‘broad range’ of people including photographers, historians, clients and councillors.
Speaking this morning about the lifetime fellowships, RIBA president Sunand Prasad said: ‘Honorary Fellowships allow the RIBA to recognise the diversity of influences on architecture.
‘All the Fellows we recognise today are leaders in their own fields; each has a track record of achievement which provides inspiration for architects and other professionals.’
This year’s other Honorary Fellows are: David Adamson (client); Hélène Binet (architectural photographer); Sean Billings (cladding consultant); Wangari Maathai (environmental campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner); Patrick Maddams (RIBA board member); Aubrey Meyer (environmental campaigner); Daniel Moylan (councillor); Alan Powers (architectural historian); and Eric Reynolds (client).
The accolades will be officially presented on 12 February 2008 at the RIBA in London.
This year's RIBA Honorary Fellows jury was chaired by Prasad and comprised: Peter Davey, Jeremy Dixon, Kenneth Frampton, Despina Katsikakis, Pankaj Patel and Jane Wernick.
Heatherwick named as one of 10 new RIBA Honorary Fellows