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New Year’s Honours: Two women architects on honours list

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Architects Katherine Heron, Ann-Marie Smale and classicist Quinlan Terry have been recognised alongside engineers Jane Wernick, Cecil Balmond and planner Peter Rees on the New Year’s Honours list

Heron, who has headed up the University of Westminster’s architecture school since 1997, was made a MBE.

On receiving her accolade, Heron commented: ‘It is wonderful to receive public acknowledgement for the quality of education, teaching and research at the university’s department of architecture, and be able to share a voice in the development of architectural education’.

Smale, a partner at Cardiff-based Powell Dobson architects and chair of the Construction Industry Council Wales, was also handed an MBE for services to education and training in construction in Wales.

Smale joined Powell Dobson Architects in 1996 after graduating from The Welsh School of Architecture and she was made partner in 2000 at the age of just 31.

Meanwhile Wernick, Terry and Rees have all been made CBEs – Wernick for her excellence in the field of structural and civil engineering, Terry for services to classical architecture and Rees for his services to architecture and town planning.

Winner of the First Women Award in the Built Environment in 2013, Wernick was honoured for her services to structural and civil engineering. The London-based engineer spoke at last year’s AJ Women in Architecture awards where she led the tributes to the late Kathryn Findlay (AJ 07.02.14)

Last month Terry, the 77-year-old classicist, joined a new government panel set up to ensure UK homes are built to better design standards (AJ 15.12.14).

Rees, who last year left the City of London’s planning office after nearly three decades as chief planning officer, is set to judge the AJ’s Women in Architecture Awards next month.

Former deputy chairman of Arup, Cecil Balmond, has been honoured with an OBE for his services to architecture.

Balmond worked with Anish Kapoor and Ushida Findlay Architects on the ArcelorMittal Orbit for the 2012 Olympic games. He was also the mastermind behind the engineering of a number of the Serpentine Gallery’s pavilions.

Other honours:

Claire Gott of WSP was awarded an MBE for services to civil engineering and charitable work in Cameroon.

Gott, a senior civil engineer, is part of the design management team working on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, where WSP is the designer in joint venture with Hyder.

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