dRMM’s Sadie Morgan has been given an OBE for services to design advocacy in the New Year Honours List
There was also a CBE for architect Jamie Fobert, whose extension of Tate St Ives earned his practice a place on the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist, in recognition of his ‘services to architecture’.
Morgan, the dRMM co-founder has been design chair for HS2 and a commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission since 2015, and a design advocate for the Mayor of London since 2017.
She was also a member of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, which wound up in 2018, and was appointed as a board director for Homes England in August.
Morgan said: ‘Having dedicated my career to promoting design integration within UK projects at every scale, this recognition validates and gives tangible credence to the value I believe great design can bring to a country. I am beyond honoured.’
She added: ‘My career has been defined by collaboration – I am grateful to my fellow directors, colleagues, and team for their collective spirit, talent, and shared desire to elevate the importance of design.
Sadie morgan with emily booth
‘I am also thankful for the support I receive from my family and friends, who have constantly reinforced my drive to promote gender diversity at every level within this great industry.’
As well as her design advocacy work, Morgan remains a director at dRMM, which won the Stirling Prize in 2017 for its revamp of Hastings Pier.
Morgan is also a professor for architecture and cities at the University of Westminster, an advisory board member for architecture at London Southbank University, chair of architecture examiners at the University of Kent and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Jamie Fobert said he was ‘honoured and thankful’ to have received a CBE, adding: ‘When I arrived in London from Canada in 1988 I never imagined anything like this could happen.
‘I have been more than content to be able to practice in Britain these 30 years, alongside a great number of talented and generous colleagues, engineers and consultants.’
Other members of the architecture and design world to have picked up gongs include Harry Paticas of Arboreal Architecture, who was awarded an MBE for ‘services to the community’. The architect was the driving force behind the award-winning Bethnal Green Memorial, known as the Stairway to Heaven, which took him over a decade to get built.
Eyal Weizman, the founding director of research-led architecture practice Forensic Architecture and a professor of spatial and visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, was made an MBE for ‘services to architecture’ (pictured below).
Meanwhile, Phillip Jones, Cardiff University’s chair of architectural science and the Low Carbon Research Institute, received an OBE for ‘services to architecture and decarbonisation’.
And Paul Harbard, co-founder and former finance director of Pocket Living, was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to innovative housing delivery in London.
Elsewhere John Nolan, the immediate past chair of the Construction Industry Council and director of Birmingham-based practice, John Nolan Associates, received a CBE for services to structural engineering and the construction industry.
Eyal Weizman of Forensic Architecture - MBE