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David Chipperfield, Yinka Ilori and Ilse Crawford recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List 2021

United Kingdom Architecture News - Jan 04, 2021 - 16:09   6074 views

David Chipperfield, Yinka Ilori and Ilse Crawford recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List 2021

British architect David Chipperfield has been recognized in the British New Year’s Honours List for 2021, by receiving the highest accolade as a British citizen for his services to architecture.

Chipperfield has been added to the order of the Companions of Honour in Queen's annual list of awards, Companion of Honour list is limited to 65 members and is given to British citizens who "have a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time". With this award, David Chipperfield joins Richard Rogers in the the Companions of Honour.

Crowned by Queen Elizabeth, the full New Year Honours List for 2021 recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.

Alongside Chipperfield, London-based multidisciplinary artist of a British-Nigerian heritage Yinka Ilori, British interior designer Ilse Crawford and 6a Architects co-founders Thomas Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald have received honors in Queen's 2021 list.

David Chipperfield, Yinka Ilori and Ilse Crawford recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List 2021

Chipperfield's Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in Wakefield. Image © Iwan Baan

British architect David Chipperfield works internationally with his offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. From 1998–2013 seven buildings designed by his practice were nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize and his studio won the RIBA Gold Medal in 1985 and the EU Mies van der Rohe Award in 2011.

Chipperfield Architects' Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007.

The studio designed several cultural buildings in the UK and across the world: West Bund Art Museum in Shanghai, James-Simon Galerie on Berlin's Museum Island, Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in Wakefield, which won the Best Museum of 2017 by the Art Fund, are among his notable works.

Chipperfield Architects is currently working on the renovation of Mies Van Der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.

David Chipperfield, Yinka Ilori and Ilse Crawford recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List 2021

Yinka Ilori

London-based multidisciplinary artist of a British-Nigerian heritage Yinka Ilori has been named as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to design.

He was also awarded the 2020 Emerging Design Medal, he is recognized as an influential name on "specializing in storytelling" by fusing his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design.

He established Yinka Ilori Studio in 2017 following a successful pitch to transform the Thessaly Road Bridge. Yinka Ilori with Pricegore designed The Colour Palace as the second edition of the Dulwich Pavilion at Dulwich Picture Gallery. 

David Chipperfield, Yinka Ilori and Ilse Crawford recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List 2021

The Colour Palace at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Image © Adam Scott

Regarding the award, he wrote on his Instagram that "I'm humbled and honoured to announce that I have been awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year 2021 Honours list for my services to Design."

"This journey hasn’t just been my doing. It’s been with the support and love of my family, friends, my team, peers and those who believed in me during the times that I was struggling to believe in myself."

"In 2015 there were sometimes thoughts of giving up designing due to the frustration and feeling people didn’t understand the designer I wanted to be. The driving force behind me to continue and push through was always the desire to make my parents proud," he added. 

"They had given up so much of their own lives to make sure me and my siblings had the best in life."

"No matter what situation you are in it is never permanent. Keep pushing because if a young kid like me from Islington can do it so can you."

David Chipperfield, Yinka Ilori and Ilse Crawford recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List 2021

Ilse Crawford. Image courtesy of Basque Culinary World Prize

British interior and furniture designer Ilse Crawford has been named as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). She was added to the list for her services to design.

Already a Member of the British Empire since the 2014 New Year Honours list, Crawford runs her London-based studio Studioilse focusing on "creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them."

Crawford is also the founder of the department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy Eindhoven, her mission "extends to nurturing a new generation of students to always question why and how their work improves the reality of life," stated in her website. 

David Chipperfield, Yinka Ilori and Ilse Crawford recognised in Queen's New Year Honours List 2021

The New MK Gallery by 6a Architects in Milton Keynes. Image courtesy of 6a Architects

6a Architects co-founders Thomas Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald were given the Order of the British Empire (MBE). 6a architects was founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001.

The studio designs projects including contemporary art galleries, educational buildings, artists’ studios and residential projects, often in sensitive historic environments. 

A studio of German fashion photographer Juergen Teller in West London is one of the key works of 6a Architects, alongside the new MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. 

Released each year in December by Queen Elizabeth, last year, architect Sadie Morgan and Jamie Fobert were recognized in the British New Year’s Honours List.

Top image: David Chipperfield. Image © Jens Passoth

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