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RIBA Honorary Fellows 2023

RIBA Honorary Fellows 2023

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 2023 RIBA Honorary Fellowships.

RIBA Honorary Fellowships are awarded every year to people who have made a significant contribution to architecture but are not architects. This includes people who have helped improve the quality of design and influence the delivery of the built environment in a more sustainable way, those involved in its promotion and management, and those who nurture the interests of future generations.

We have recognised 12 new Honorary Fellows from varied backgrounds including education, arts, heritage, conservation, engineering, and business. 

RIBA President, Simon Allford says:  

“This year’s Honorary Fellows represent many professions, ranging from engineering to public relations. They are distinguished and connected by the fact that they have all demonstrated an exceptional dedication to bringing about positive change in architecture and the wider collective industry. I would like to extend my congratulations and I am delighted to welcome them to RIBA.” 

Download the full list of RIBA Honorary Fellows (PDF)

RIBA Honorary Fellows 2023

RIBA Honorary Fellow Michael Burton

Michael Burton

Environmental engineering director

Michael Burton, leads AECOM’s building engineering team delivering major UK and international projects known for high standards in sustainability and architectural quality. Dedicated particularly to improving the industry, he volunteers as a mentor, and has been awarded for supporting women working within construction and engineering.

RIBA Honorary Fellow Nigel Coates

Nigel Coates

Academic, educator, and designer

Nigel Coates has been at the forefront of architectural discourse for over 40 years. Through teaching at the Architectural Association, Royal College of Art and the London School of Architecture, which he helped establish, he has influenced generations of students - always championing individuality and diversity in architecture. He is a leading voice for LGBTQIA+ advocacy, and recently published his biography with RIBA Books.

RIBA Honorary Fellow Fiona Cobb

Fiona Cobb

Structural engineer

As the author of the popular ‘The Structural Engineers Pocket Book’, structural engineer Fiona Cobb shares practical knowledge in an accessible way. Committed to environmental sustainability and historic conservation in her own practice, she supports and mentors women-led practices, promoting the recognition and visibility of under-represented engineers.

RIBA Honorary Fellow Gillian Darley

Gillian Darley

Writer, broadcaster, and biographer

As a writer, broadcaster, and biographer, Gillian Darley is one of the UK’s leading advocates for the built environment. She has authored books on architecture across a significant span, and is a former President of the Twentieth Century Society and a former Chair of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

RIBA Honorary Fellow Professor Charles Egbu

Professor Charles Egbu

Quantity surveyor and academic

Professor Charles Egbu has been a leader in higher education for over 25 years. Currently Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, he is one of the first Black university vice-chancellors in the UK. He is committed to diversifying the sector, developing apprenticeship programmes and championing initiatives to raise awareness on mental health issues in the construction industry.

RIBA Honorary Fellow Matt Gibberd - The Modern House

Matt Gibberd

Co-founder of The Modern House

Before co-founding The Modern House (2005) and Inigo (2021), Matt Gibberd worked as a writer and editor at The World of Interiors. His latest book, A Modern Way to Live, focusses on the principles that define good domestic design: space, light, nature, materials, and decoration. Matt has contributed to publications including The Telegraph, House & Garden and Elle Decoration and has been a judge for the Dezeen Awards.

RIBA Honorary Fellow Dame Judith Hackitt

Dame Judith Hackitt

Engineer and public servant engineer

Public servant and former Chairperson of the Health and Safety Executive Dame Judith Hackitt has contributed to the future safe delivery of buildings in the UK. Her review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned after the Grenfell tragedy, provides clear recommendations on how to restructure our Building Codes to create a safer construction environment.

RIBA Honorary Fellow Albert Hill

Albert Hill

Co-founder of The Modern House

Before co-founding The Modern House (2005) and Inigo (2021), Albert Hill worked as the Design Editor at Wallpaper*. Throughout his career he has written for major newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times and The Independent, contributed to books and spoken about architecture and design on television and radio.


RIBA Honorary Fellow Carolyn Larkin

Carolyn Larkin

Architecture public relations expert

Public Relations agent Carolyn Larkin is a highly respected industry voice, offering architects valuable guidance, direction, counsel, and connections. Working to make architecture a more inclusive place, she supports emerging talent and champions the environmental agenda and access to education and has played a significant role in launching key events on the architecture calendar.

RIBA Honorary Fellows Akil and Seth Scafe Smith

Akil Scafe-Smith and Seth Scafe-Smith

RESOLVE Interdisciplinary design collective

RESOLVE presents an alternative model of practice, combining architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. Founded in 2016, the collective delivers projects, workshops, publications and talks, working with local communities to engage marginalised young people and children to co-design better built environments.

Jonathan Stock RIBA Honorary Fellows 2023

Jonathan Stock

Architectural publisher and media expert 

As successive publisher of Architects’ Journal, The Architectural Review, The RIBA Journal and now Architecture Today, Jonathan Stock has an impressive history as an architectural publisher working across print, online and events. Widely respected across the industry, he offers advice to practices regarding challenges and opportunities in relation to their media relationships.

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Meet the Honours Committee 2023

The role of the Honours Committee is to consider the nominations for the Royal Gold Medal and RIBA Honorary Fellowships, received from RIBA’s Chartered Members and Fellows. The committee is chaired every year by the RIBA President. 

Meet the Honours Committee 2023.

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