Notes to editors
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2. The full RIBA Honorary Fellows citations follow:
Clive Birch - project manager
Clive has been championing architecture and architects consistently for over 30 years during his distinguished career as project manager and as one of the founding partners of Buro Four. He has taken this advocacy to places architects find hard to reach – highly commercial private developments (some working with Stuart Lipton Hon FRIBA); Vodafone’s World Headquarters with Fletcher Priest; early PFI projects such as Crawley Schools with Feilden Clegg Bradley; and many others. As a result he was one of the first 10 CABE enablers and proved to be a very effective champion of design quality.
Buro Four remains one of the most respected Project Management firms and has a particularly good reputation amongst architects. Clive has enabled the PFI schools programme for West Sussex Council working with both contractors and design practices. He is involved in the Department for Children, Schools and Families’ Academies (now Department for Education) programme and, with Buro Four, has helped deliver over 20 academies across England.
Because of his extensive experience with schools procurement and his early work as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, the RIBA asked him to help tailor the Institute’s Smart PFI proposals to BSF. He did this with great patience, strategic nous and diligence. He devised a convincing workplan for the RIBA’s procurement proposals and then argued the case with Partnerships for Schools, the Non-Departmental Public Body set up by the Labour Government to deliver BSF. As a result we have come a long way in the campaign for a better and faster process with closer engagement of architects, design teams and clients in the key early stages (inevitably there is much more to do). And all this was achieved by Clive volunteering his time.
Lucy Bullivant - architecture curator, author & critic
Lucy has worked as a London-based architecture curator, author, critic, guest lecturer and advisor on a full time independent consultancy basis since 1987. During this time she has forged global connections with leading museums, galleries, cultural institutions, publishers and corporate bodies, advancing projects which highlight the qualities and skills of UK architects.
In all her projects, be they writing, facilitating, curating, advising, lecturing or architectural judging (for the AA, the RIBA and the Berlage Institute), she has consistently advocated higher design standards and experimental multidisciplinary strategies. Her work as a critic and author, as well as a regular chair of events and guest lecturer internationally, brings fresh research ideas to bear on every task, and means she is well suited to the role of advancing the public’sunderstanding of architecture’s role in society.
Her international exhibitions and conferences (as well as their related publications) have covered ground-breaking and yet popular projects - as evidenced by their attendances. They have featured leading and emerging international practitioners from a range of disciplines, and dealt with topical issues relating to architecture's role as a social art, including its ‘new pragmatism’, its relationship with landscape architecture; alternative strategies in public housing design; the role of responsive environments; and the cultural history of children's environments within and beyond the Western world.
She has consistently strived to bring important topics and individuals to public attention, not relying on commissions, but also working speculatively on self-generated projects, often at her own risk – for instance her Masterplanning Futures, a book for Routledge (2011) was made possible by grants from CABE and other cultural bodies.
She is widely respected for her work in building awareness of the cultural value of architecture and for her investigations into emergent modes of practice and their social effects. Her consistent publication in leading specialist magazines shows her global commitment to communicating topical concepts, views and projects to an international audience.
The RIBA is pleased to recognize her independent, yet deeply collaborative, cross-cultural international work.
Tony Chapman - filmmaker, writer and RIBA Head of Awards
The excellence and high reputation of the RIBA’s Awards and Honours system owes a great deal to Tony Chapman’s energy, skill and determination.
Since joining the RIBA from the BBC, where he produced a number of films on architecture, including The Max Factor with 1987 RIBA President Maxwell Hutchinson - a modernist riposte to Prince Charles, Tony has continued to make excellent use of his broadcasting skills, not least in developing the relationships first with Channel 4 and now the BBC as broadcasters of Stirling. On his watch ‘the Stirling’ has grown from a bright idea to one of the great showcases for architecture, captivating the general public as well as the cognoscenti.
Both as author of a string of architecture books, building on the awards and maker of clearly focused, small budget films on some great contemporary architects, among them James Stirling, Herzog and de Meuron, Edward Cullinan, Alvaro Siza, and I.M. Pei, he has helped record the advances in modern architecture. A filmed interview he did with Oscar Niemeyer features in the 2010 New York Architecture and Design Film Festival and his footage is not only seen at presentations but forms a part of the judging process for many awards and is often used by Channel 4 and the BBC.
Tony’s love for architecture and a passion for communicating it are very evidently what drives him. The approach he takes to the filmed interviews he conducts with leading architects enables him to gain remarkable insights into the working practices and design philosophies of his subjects. The hallmarks of his writing are a clarity of argument and language and an ability to get to the nub of an issue. This all-too-rare combination marks Tony out as an exceptional writer and champion of the world of architecture and the people involved in it.
The RIBA is pleased to recognize Tony Chapman with an Honorary Fellowship for his special contribution to the communication of architecture to the public.
Michael Gazzard - founder of the British Homes Awards
Michael comes from a motor industry background and developed a passion for good architecture in later life. He has been the force behind the foundation of the Manser Medal, and the British Homes Awards which were until this year sponsored by The Mail on Sunday and are now supported by The Daily Telegraph. Prior to that he and his company Custom Publishing ran the National Homebuilder Design Awards – the first attempt to kick-start an interest in design among house-builders. This was not an arena in which architecture is much discussed but Gazzard’s awards generate a very high level of reader interest and with the support of the man who has chaired the programmes throughout most of their existence, past RIBA president Michael Manser, they have encouraged and sometimes shamed developers into taking design seriously and employing architects.
In the last few years sustainability has been promoted as the theme in both these sets of awards, producing some excellent responses. The winning entry in the Home for the Future design competition in 2007 – the Gaunt Francis designed Green House – has been built at the BRE Innovation Park and is being tested – but not yet to destruction.
From his marketing background in the car industry, Mike has brought two things: an understanding of the importance of public relations and marketing in persuading people to buy architecture and an appreciation of the lessons one design business can have on another – for example he has always been keen to reward the use of new technologies and modular systems in house-building.
Mike Gazzard’s success is in taking his passion for architecture and design into mass circulation territory.
Moira Gemmill - client, V&A
As the V&A's Director of Projects, Design and Estate, Moira Gemmill is one of the key people behind the £120 million FuturePlan to bring the Victoria & Albert Museum into the 21st century. Phase I (2000-2009) which touched on 70% of the museum (many galleries but also the shop/cafe/education centre etc), culminated in the opening in December 2009 of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, designed by the architectural practice MUMA, little known at the time of their appointment. The second phase (2010-2019) begins with the new Ceramics Galleries, designed by OPERA Amsterdam which opened in June 2010. The other key project in Phase 2 is the restoration of the V&A Cast Courts.
Moira Gemmill was born in Kintyre and came from an artistic family, taking a degree in Art and Design at Glasgow School of Art, specialising in graphic design and photography. She joined Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums as an Exhibitions Officer, staying for a decade which culminated in the opening of a new Maritime Museum in the city before she moved south to take up the post of Head of Exhibitions and Design at the Museum of London in 1998.
In 2002 she went to the V&A as Head of Design. Using her graphics training she was able to take a new and considered look at how the V&A presented itself to the world. She is now Director of Projects, Design and Estate and it has taken her seven years to change the way visitors feel on entering the museum and what they take away from the newly interpreted collections. Gemmill drove the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries' design team, whose three partners are also Scottish and from the Mackintosh, to find coherence in what had been a disjointed collection of spaces and artefacts. Together they have created a suite of ten thematic galleries out of existing spaces and from reclaimed store rooms and offices. Just as impressive is the way in which, for the first time ever, all six levels of the V&A museum became accessible via a single lift.
Andrew Grant - Landscape Architect, Grant Associates
Andrew Grant studied landscape architecture at Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh College of Art between 1977 and 1982, forming Grant Associates in 1997 to explore the emerging frontiers of landscape architecture within sustainable development. The consultancy specialises in the creative design of both urban and rural environments and is involved in projects throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East, often working with some of the world’s leading architects and designers.
Grant Associates has built up a reputation for innovative, ecologically-based design and the ability to shape useful and sustainable landscapes with distinctive contemporary character. The practice is concerned with the connection between people and nature and has been consistently involved in cutting-edge design projects which are built around a concern for the social and environmental quality of life, searching for bold and imaginative solutions to complex and demanding briefs.
Andrew Grant’s firm has experience in strategic landscape planning, masterplanning, urban design and regeneration and landscapes for housing, education, sport, recreation, visitor attractions and commerce and it has worked for clients as diverse as The National Trust, Urban Splash, Rolls Royce, English Partnerships, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Wessex Water, and the National Parks Board of Singapore, where it has set up an office.
Grant’s approach is driven by a fascination with creative ecology and the promotion of quality and innovation in project work. He has built up experience in all scales and types of projects from sub-regional planning to the detailing of the smallest piece of new landscapes. He is a member of CABE Space and the South West Regional Design Panel.
Andrew Grant was a key part of the team, also comprising Feilden Clegg Bradley, Maccreanor Lavington and Alison Brooks Architects, which was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize 2008 for Accordia, a new housing project in Cambridge.
James Lovelock – scientist and environmentalist
James Lovelock's first interest is the life sciences, originally in the form of medical research but more recently in that of geophysiology, the systems science of the earth. His second interest, that of instrument design and development, has often benefitted the first. His influence on architecture is indirect but powerful, in that his thinking has forced architects to consider the impacts of their designs on the planet.
He is best known for developing the Gaia Theory, which asserts that earth's physical and biological processes are inextricably bound to form a self-regulating system. It also states that living organisms and their inorganic surroundings have evolved together as a single living system that impacts upon the conditions of the earth’s surface. The term Gaia refers to the Greek earth goddess and was suggested by his friend the novelist William Golding. James has written three books on the subject.
He graduated as a chemist from Manchester University in 1941, then took a PhD in medicine in 1948 and a DSc in biophysics in 1959. Since 1964 he has conducted an independent practice in science, although continuing his teaching in the UK and the US. He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers, covering medicine, biology, lunar and planetary research, instrument and atmospheric science and geophysiology. He has applied for more than 40 patents, mostly for detectors for use in chemical analysis, one of which, the electron capture detector (ECD) confirmed the common survival of pesticide residues and Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the natural world and was important in the development of our environmental awareness.
He has received many awards and honours including Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974, the Volvo Prize for the Environment in 1996 and in 1997 the Blue Planet Prize. He was made a CBE in 1990, and in 2003 a Companion of Honour.
Gwyn Miles – client, Director of Somerset House Trust
Gwyn Miles has been a catalyst for regeneration and change at a series of important British cultural institutions. She has been Director of the Somerset House Trust since 2006, promoting architectural exhibitions, finding interested creative tenants, such as the Sorrell Foundation, the Courtauld Institute and London Fashion Week and is in the process of commissioning important new projects, all with the aim of unlocking ever more of the cultural riches of Somerset House for the benefit of the public. It now receives over one million visitors a year.
Gwyn’s career started with training as a scientist and she has worked in museums since 1972, first at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, then at the Royal College of Art where she was responsible for the new centre for research and conservation of art. She moved in 1985 to the Victoria and Albert Museum as Deputy Keeper of Conservation and in 1989 she was made Surveyor of Collections and Project Leader for the development of the new centre for research and conservation. She developed a programme of travelling exhibitions for the V&A collection, including a William Morris retrospective and a major exhibition about the V&A, A Grand Design.
In 1995 Gwyn took over as Head of Major Projects at the V&A. She was the Project Director for the major re-display of the British Galleries project which opened to great critical and public acclaim in 2001. She was then instrumental in developing the ambitious new masterplan for the Museum and subsequent commissions within the building, of which phase 1 has just been completed with the opening of MUMA’s Mediaeval and Renaissance Galleries.
The gestation period for the kinds of projects Gwyn Miles has instigated throughout her career are complex and very long, but she has the perspicacity and organizational skills to ensure that her successors, though they may improve on her plans, find it very hard to mess them up.
Dan Pearson – landscape designer
Dan is a landscape designer much loved by architects. Amongst others he has worked with Conran & Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio and Hopkins Architects. His work enhances their buildings, it does not fight them, seating them within their environment, offering views and framing the buildings instead of hiding them. His landscaping of the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Maggie’s Centre in Hammersmith by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and the gardens for John and Frances Sorrell’s Stirling-shortlisted house are among the best examples of this design skill.
Introduced to gardening whilst still a child, Dan pursued an education in horticulture and completed a Royal Horticultural Society apprenticeship at Wisley in Surrey. He designed his first garden at 17. He then moved on to the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh for a year. After Edinburgh, Dan completed a three-year course at Kew Gardens graduating with honours and during this time he created a garden for Frances Mossman at Home Farm in Northamptonshire. It was here that he perfected the naturalistic planting style for which he is known.
Dan has travelled widely to understand the appropriateness of the raw materials of his trade. A year’s scholarship to the Jerusalem Botanic Garden and expeditions overseas to observe natural plant communities contribute to his understanding of plants and ecologies. He still cites his early experience and practical grounding at Wisley as giving him a breadth of knowledge that sets him apart from other landscape designers.
He has produced five award-winning show gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and employs eight people in his well-established landscape design business in Waterloo.
He is an engaging and informative presenter of television programmes on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5. He writes a weekly gardening column for The Observer and has previously written for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. He wrote The Essential Garden Book with Sir Terence Conran and is the author of The Garden: a Year at Home Farm and Spirit: Garden Inspiration, which explores his passion for the Genius Loci.
Dan is a tree ambassador for the Tree Council.
Chris Twinn – Arup, Environmental Services Engineer
Chris Twinn is Director of the Sustainable Buildings Team at Arup. In 2004 he was appointed to the Design Review Committee for CABE, bringing sustainability and environmental awareness to the closer attention of the panel. By taking into account the importance of the building envelope, master-planning and wider site context, Chris aimed to bring these issues to the fore as vital influences in the early stages of design.
With a background in architectural engineering, his professional qualifications were in building services, before moving into multi-discipline design, building physics and sustainability. He has spent some 30 years in the industry concentrating on the design and delivery of environmentally-aware and sustainability-related projects and has a special interest in the planning system with its ability to help shape the future sustainability resilience of our communities.
Chris continues his direct involvement in design work from individual homes through to large scale urban masterplanning, and has been responsible for the first new homes to achieve Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, as well as numerous Ecotowns and cities in the UK and across the world.
Among the many projects he has been involved in are: Kingspan Lighthouse and the Barratt Greenhouse (both at the BRE’s Innovation Park near Watford), Hanham Hall Carbon Challenge, Dongtan EcoCity, BedZED, Gallions Park, Ashford ZED, Zero carbon Thames Gateway, Portcullis House, Kings Cross Central, and Stratford City.
Chris is a member of CABE’s design review panel, the RIBA Sustainable Futures Committee, the BRE Global Sustainability Board, and numerous other professional committees. In 2009 he contributed an incisive essay to the annual Merrell book on the RIBA Awards – in order to ‘keep the awards on their toes in matters of sustainability.’ He is a regular advisor to UK central and local government and similarly is in increasing demand around the world.
Ed Vaizey MP – Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries
Ed Vaizey MP was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot in May 2005. From November 2006 until the 2010 election he was the Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Culture, looking after arts and broadcasting policy. For a matter of days he had responsibility in the coalition government for one of his first loves: architecture, a subject he had got to know and to ask searching and intelligent questions about during his shadow ministry. However a potential perceived conflict of interest in his colleague Jeremy Hunt’s portfolio meant ministerial responsibilities were reshuffled, sadly for Ed and sadly for architecture, not least at a time when the profession needs all the friends it can get.
He now has what he calls one of the longest job titles in parliament : Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries – a job split across two departments, the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Department of Business. His portfolio now includes arts, media, museums and galleries, telecoms and broadband, digital switchover, the creative industries and libraries. It will take all his well-honed political, diplomatic and communications skills to fight to maintain adequate investment for the many subjects he covers in the current economic climate, something he is willing to discuss on a lively blog.
Born in 1968, Ed studied modern history at Merton College, Oxford. After graduating he spent two years working for the Conservative Party’s Research Department, before training and practising as a barrister. In 1996, he decided to give up law for the more flamboyant world of public relations, becoming the director of a highly successful London-based agency. After eight years he moved back into politics and with a parliamentary seat in mind, became chief speech writer for Michael Howard, then Leader of the Opposition.
During his time in public relations and backstage politics he developed a career as a freelance political commentator, writing regularly for The Guardian, and appearing on programmes such as Despatch Box and The Wright Stuff.
Dr Susan Weber - architectural historian
Dr Weber is being nominated for her work as an architectural historian and in particular for promoting the study of British architectural history in the USA.
Dr Weber is the director and founder of the Bard Graduate Center (BGC), New York and Iris Horowitz Professor in the History of the Decorative Arts. Over the last few years, she has worked tirelessly to bring knowledge of British and European architects, patrons of architecture and mostly British architectural history not only to the American public but a broad international audience through a programme of exhibitions, publications and lectures at the BGC. Subjects include Le Corbusier Before Le Corbusier: Applied Arts, Architecture, Painting, and Photography, 1907-1922 (2002), William Beckford, 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent (2001) which was also shown at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Anglo-American Century 1812-1815: Designing an Era (1999), Josef Frank, Architect and Designer: An Alternative Vision of the Modern Home (1996), and three major exhibitions also shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, A.W.N. Pugin, Master of Gothic Revival (1995), James Athenian Stuart 1713-88: The Rediscovery of Antiquity (2007) and Thomas Hope: Regency Designer (2008). To all of these exhibitions the RIBA was a major lender. The next projected joint exhibition (2013) with the V&A, and to which the RIBA and its staff are contributing loans and catalogue essays, will be on the great 18th century designer William Kent. The accompanying publications, which Dr Weber edits and often co-authors, are monuments of scholarship.
Other British architects whom it is proposed should be the subject of exhibitions at the BGC are all figures heavily represented in the RIBA’s collections. They include Alfred Waterhouse, William Burges, Philip Webb and Charles Voysey. Dr Weber’s contributions to scholarship have been recognised by the American Society of Architectural Historians and the Victorian Society in America.