Hopkins Architects co-founder awarded OBE for services to architecture

Patty Hopkins © Airey Spaces

Patty Hopkins has been handed an OBE for services to architecture

Patty Hopkins, the co-founder of Hopkins Architects, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for services to architecture.

Hopkins founded the practice behind the London 2012 Olympics Velodrome and Westminster Tube station in 1976 with her husband Michael Hopkins, who was knighted in 1995 and passed away in June last year. The couple were jointly awarded the RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture in 1994. 

Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets founder and chair of Office for Place, has been handed an MBE for services to planning and design.

Describing the award as a “lovely surprise”, Boys Smith said it was a testament to the team at Create Streets, advisors at Office for Place and volunteers from community and neighbourhood groups with which he had worked. 

Nicholas Boys Smith c. Tom Campbell

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Nicholas Boys Smith has been named MBE for services to planning and design

Society of Black Architects co-founder Audley English is another MBE recipient, for services to architecture and sustainability.

English graduated from the Architectural Association and founded a black-led architectural practice which designed innovative social housing, sustainable schemes. He said he was “deeply touched and honoured to receive this unexpected accolade”. 

English added: “This MBE is not just a personal recognition but extends to my family, friends, past and current team, and clients who have supported and continue to support my ongoing vision.

“This MBE is dedicated to my late mother, who arrived as a first-generation Windrush migrant, seeking to provide her children with a better life. She instilled in us the mantra ‘Believe in yourself and never give up’.”

Planning consultant Helen Fadipe has been awarded an OBE for services to town planning. She is the founder and chair of BAME Planners Network, an initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the planning profession in the UK and Ireland.

“I feel very honoured, privileged and inspired that my contribution to the planning profession has been recognised,” she said.