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Lucy Bullivant receives Honorary Fellowship from RIBA, 10 February 2011

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Lucy received her Honorary Fellowship from RIBA from RIBA President Ruth Reed (pictured) at a ceremony attended by 250 architects and other industry leaders. The ceremony included 8 new International Fellowships and culminated in the award to Sir David Chipperfield CBE of the 2011 Royal Gold Medal for architecture.

12 new Honorary Fellowships of the RIBA have been made in 2011 to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, including politics, journalism, landscape design and engineering. RIBA Honorary 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 finally its role in the education of future generations. The lifetime honour, conferred annually, allows recipients to use the initials Hon FRIBA after their name.

Lucy's full RIBA Honorary Fellows citation is as follows:


"Lucy Bullivant

"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's understanding 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 a 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 globally shows her 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."



This year's RIBA Honours Committee was chaired by RIBA President, Ruth Reed with architects Edward Cullinan, Eva Jiricna and Chris Wilkinson, engineer Max Fordham and client Laura Lee.

RIBA presents 12 new Honorary Fellowships

Lucy Bullivant with RIBA President Ruth Reed
Lucy Bullivant at RIBA
Lucy Bullivant at RIBA
Lucy Bullivant at RIBA
From left to right: Doris Saatchi, Lucy Bullivant, Dargan Bullivant, Patricia Bullivant, Colin Hayward, KMCS, Christoph Egret, Egret West
From left to right: Doris Saatchi, Lucy Bullivant, Dargan Bullivant, Patricia Bullivant, Colin Hayward, KMCS, Christoph Egret, Egret West