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New Year Honours for British architects

by Nick Ames on Jan 4, 2015

An example of the work completed by architect Quinlan Terry. Source:
An example of the work completed by architect Quinlan Terry. Source:
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Architect Quinlan Terry is among the design and build industry figures to be recognised in this year’s UK New Year Honours list.

Terry has been awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to classical architecture "in recognition of the achievements and service of extraordinary people right across the United Kingdom".

Others on the list include architect and structural engineer Cecil Balmond who worked on the 2012 Olympic Games site. He has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Balmond was formerly deputy chairman of UK firm Arup – one of the world's largest architecture and engineering companies – but left in 2010 to start his own studio. He has also taught architecture at Harvard and Yale and worked with Toyo Ito to design the 2002 Serpentine Pavilion.

Also receiving an OBE is set designer Es Devlin, who was responsible for the London Olympics closing ceremony.
Peter Rees, who as planning officer for the City of London oversaw projects including the Gherkin by Foster + Partners as well as Rafael Vinoly’s “Walkie Talkie” high-rise, will receive a CBE for services to architecture and town planning.

Artist Paul Cummins and set designer Tom Piper – who collaborated on the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red art installation which surrounded the Tower of London with thousands of red ceramic poppies to mark the anniversary of World War One – will both be awarded Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

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

On receiving her accolade, Heron said: ‘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’.

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