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Rees awarded honorary fellowship to Royal Institute of British Architects

By martin booth, Friday Oct 30, 2020

Bristol’s first elected mayor, George Ferguson, was a past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) before entering City Hall.

Now Bristol’s current mayor, Marvin Rees, has been awarded one of RIBA’s honorary fellowships for his work as a “city-maker”.

The lifetime honour allows recipients to use the suffix Hon FRIBA.

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Rees’ citation says that as Bristol’s mayor, he has founded a city-owned housing company, Goram Homes, has overseen the building of almost 7,000 homes, increased the percentage of affordable homes in the city “and has embarked on the largest council house building scheme for over 35 years, part of realising his ambition to build a fairer and more inclusive city”.

Rees tweeted that he was “delighted to have been made an Honorary Fellow”.

He said: “Our commitment to excellence in our delivery of affordable, sustainable homes is made possible by the contribution of so many people across Bristol.”

RIBA say that the people receiving the honorary fellowships “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”.

A dozen people from varied backgrounds including education, arts, engineering, and business have been named honorary fellows for 2021, including Theaster Gates.

The US artist was behind Sanctum which came to Temple Church in 2015.

576 hours of continuous performance in Bristol’s famous bombed-out church? This project, the brainchild of US artist Theaster Gates and facilitated by Bristol art programmers Situations – photo: Situations

Main photo of Castle Park View Tower: Martin Booth

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