RIBA Honorary Fellowships are awarded annually to people who are not architects but have made a significant contribution to architecture. This includes individuals who have advanced its role in creating more sustainable communities, those involved in its promotion and management, and those who nurture the interests of future generations.
Those honoured have contributed greatly towards architecture, be they practitioners, commentators or educators. In their different ways, they have helped to improve the quality of design and influence the delivery of the built environment in a sustainable and creative way.
“The RIBA Honorary Fellowship means a great deal to me personally and as Director of Tate I find it particularly important and valuable. They are ambassadors for the future of architecture whether they are clients who have played a proactive role in a project or individuals who have had a positive impact in some way. It is important that outstanding people across the cultural sector and those in the areas of education, development, research or in charity of community projects who have made a contribution to architecture are recognised and rewarded.” - Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate and RIBA Honorary Fellow 2018.