Curator and former CABE director Sarah Gaventa is among nine champions of architecture announced for RIBA honorary fellowships
The prestigious accolade is awarded every year to people who have made a contribution to the advancement of architecture, sustainable communities and the education of future generations.
Gaventa, a curator and placemaking expert, is director of the Illuminated River Foundation, a £20 million light installation project to light up bridges along the River Thames.
A fellowship was also awarded to Yana Peel, chief executive of the Serpentine Galleries who commissioned this year’s pavilion designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo – who herself was also honoured by the RIBA with an International Fellowship.
The other recipients were:
- James Carpenter, artist and designer
- Robert Ball, chief executive of the Architects Benevolent Society
- Beatrice Fraenkel, former ARB chair and current chair of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Lynne Walker, UCL’s architectural historian
- Zina Jardaneh, chair of the Palestinian Museum
- Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi, ruler of United Arab Emirates city Sharjah
- Eusebio Leal Spengler, Havana City historian
The lifetime honour allows recipients to use the initials Hon FRIBA after their name.
The awards will be presented at a special event at Portland Place in February 2019.