Jamie Fobert has received a CBE for services to architecture, Sadie Morgan has received an OBE for services to design advocacy, and Forensic Architecture ‘s Eyal Weizman has been made a MBE in the New Year Honours list 2020.
Canadian-born British architect Fobert, who designed the cliffside extension to the Tate St Ives , has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), in the Queen’s biannual honours programme, which “recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom”.
English designer Morgan, who is co-founding director of architecture studio dRMM , has become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and British-Israeli architect and founder of Forensic Architecture Weizman has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE).
Sunk into the side of a Cornish cliff, the Tate St Ives extension was shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize. Fobert also designed an extension for a Kettle’s Yard , an art gallery in Cambridge.
Fobert founded his eponymous practice in 1996, after working for David Chipperfield, and has designed residences for artists including Anthony Gormley and Christopher Le Brun. He is a trustee of The Architecture Foundation and Camden Arts Centre .
In 2002 the practice created the display for The Upright Figure exhibition in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, installing sheets of hot-rolled steel on the walls and floors to display sculptures by Gormley and Rodin.
Fobert has also worked on iconic British retail projects, including designing the shoe gallery for Selfridges department store, and built a new stone floor for the Burlington arcade.
Morgan is known for her often innovative projects designed as part of dRMM, including Hastings Pier, which won the Stirling Prize in 2017 . She has also held leadership roles on several national bodies including being design chair for rail line High Speed Two and commissioner of the government’s National Infrastructure Commission .
Morgan is also the current professor of professional practice at the University of Westminster and was the president of London university the Architectural Association between 2013 and 2015.
“Having dedicated my career to promoting design integration within UK projects at every scale, this recognition validates and gives tangible credence to the value I believe great design can bring to a country,” said Morgan.
“I am beyond honoured.”
Morgan founded dRMM in 1995 with Alex de Rijke and Philip Marsh. The studio is best known for its Stirling Prize-winning Hastings Pier. It has been nominated for the Stirling Prize two further times, first for its extension to Clapham Manor Primary School in 2010 and then in 2016 for its Trafalgar Place housing at Elephant and Castle in London.
“My career has been defined by collaboration – I am grateful to my fellow directors, colleagues, and team for their collective spirit, talent, and shared desire to elevate the importance of design.”
“I am also thankful for the support I receive from my family and friends, who have constantly reinforced my drive to promote gender diversity at every level within this great industry.”
Weizman is professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, where he founded the Centre for Research Architecture. In 2010 he set up Forensic Architecture , an agency that uses architectural skills to investigate claims of human rights violations.
Forensic Architecture has done research for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Doctors without Borders (MSF), the Red Cross (ICRC), and the United Nations. It has done work defending a human rights organisation against allegations of colluding with people smugglers , as well as investigating ethnic cleansing by ISIS in Iraq.
Its investigators have also put together a 3D video model of the 2017 Grenfell Tower Fire using donated smartphone footage to help the ongoing enquiry into the disaster.
In 2018, Forensic Architecture was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for its wrap-around film, The Long Duration of a Split Second, which pieced together the events of a fatal Israeli police raid on the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran.
The Queen’s New Year’s Honours are awarded each year in December, in addition to the Birthday Honours in June. Last year John Pawson become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) , while David Adjaye received a Knighthood in 2017.
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