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Rykwert recognised with CBE

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Architecture critic Joseph Rykwert has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list

The accolade tops off a year which has seen the 87-year-old architect-turned-critic recognised with the RIBA Gold Medal, while a symposium celebrating his career was held at the V&A.

Rykwert was joined on the annual list by the founders of Stirling Prize-winning practice Stanton Williams, Alan Stanton and Paul Williams, who both received OBEs.

Stanton and Williams founded the practice in 1985 and in 2012 it won the Stirling Prize for its Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge.

In a joint statement, Stanton and Williams, said: ‘We are both honoured to receive an OBE for our services to architecture, which we believe reflects our commitment to the quality of design and the collaborative aspect of architecture.

‘The success of our work over the years is not only due to the commitment we have made to each other but also to our fellow directors, colleagues at Stanton Williams, all our collaborators and, especially, our families. This recognition is as much for them as it is for us.’

In the year that Denton Corker Marshall completed the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, English Heritage’s Stonehenge project director, Lorraine Knowles, also received an OBE for services to heritage.  

While Tony Wilson, formerly of the BBC Property/Workplace, and now a director at Equals Consulting, has been honoured with an MBE for services to museums. Wilson worked as project director on Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ recently completed World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum.

A knighthood went to Philip Graham of Arup for services to engineering and founder of the Society of British and International Design Vanessa Brady was awarded an OBE for services to the interior design industry.

AJ Writing Prize

Joseph Rykwert will be judging this year’s AJ Writing Prize. More information on how to enter is available, here.

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