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Celebrations for RIBA recognitions

At a prestigious ceremony this evening (Thursday 11 February), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will present ten new RIBA International Fellowships to exceptional non-UK architects in recognition of the contributions they have made to architecture. The lifetime honour, conferred annually, allows individual recipients to use the initials Int FRIBA after their name. The fellowships will be presented by RIBA President, Ruth Reed, at the event at the RIBA in London.

The RIBA’s 2010 International Fellowships will be awarded to:

Alejandro Aravena, Chile
Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, United States
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Ireland
Francis Kéré, Burkina Faso/Germany
Valerio Olgiati, Switzerland
Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem, Belgium
Benedetta Tagliabue, Italy/Spain

Twelve new Honorary Fellowships will also be granted to exceptional individuals including Sebastian Coe and the writer Alain de Botton and others from a wide range of backgrounds, including journalism, architectural education, engineering and surveying. Fellowships reward the particular contributions people have made to architecture in its broadest sense: its promotion, administration and outreach; its role in building more sustainable communities; and its role in the education of future generations.

The RIBA’s 2010 Honorary Fellowships will be awarded to:
David Birkbeck, CE Design for Homes
Peter Bishop, Design for London
Patrick Blanc, French landscape designer
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, London 2012
Alain de Botton, author
Tom Dyckhoff, journalist and broadcaster
Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Vitra AG
Colin Hayward, quantity surveyor, KCMS
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Swiss curator and critic, Serpentine Gallery
Liz Peace, CE, The British Property Foundation
Brett Steele, Director The Architectural Association
Albert Taylor, engineer, Adams Kara Taylor

This year’s RIBA Honours Committee was chaired by RIBA President, Ruth Reed with:
David Adjaye OBE, architect, Adjaye Associates
Edward Cullinan CBE, architect, Edward Cullinan Architects
Max Fordham, Environmental Engineer, Max Fordham Partnership
Anne Lacaton, architect, Lacaton & Vassal (Paris)
Laura Lee, Client, Maggie’s.

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