The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) introduced Honorary Fellowships in 2012 to recognise those who have had a profound impact on the development and success of the interior design profession. We believe it is important to show our gratitude to those who do not meet our membership criteria yet inspire, enrich and influence the interior design profession in significant ways. These figures come from a range of different fields, including of other design disciplines, such as fashion, graphic or product design, professional bodies, photography and landscape. The Honorary Fellowships allow us to express our appreciation and our considerable thanks to those significant influencers and supporters who have helped shape our profession. This is a lifetime honour that enables recipients to use the post nominal Hon FBIID.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Honorary Fellowships. If there is an individual you would like to nominate, please send 250-500 words explaining why they should receive a BIID Honorary Fellowship to info@BIID.org.uk by 5.00pm on Friday 2nd September 2016.
Patrick Baty is one of the most foremost authorities on architectural paint and colour. Patrick’s active role in both the history and future of many historic British buildings has seen him become a leader in the field of paint, colour and their associated histories.
As President of RIBA Angela champions sustainable design and the value that quality architecture brings to our daily lives. She promotes the best of British Architecture and sustainable design on a world stage and speaks at conferences worldwide.
Well known as a TV broadcaster, with series such as 'The Home Show' and 'Building the Dream', Angela is passionate about bringing architecture to the public, so that we can all engage with our built environment. She is a regular debater and contributor to TV and radio shows on architecture.
Angela is a director of Brady Mallalieu Architects, an award winning private practice based in London since 1987 that specialise in contemporary sustainable design.
She is a past advisor to English Heritage, CABE and the LDA.
Practitioner, educator and author, Shashi Caan has spent her life immersed in the world of design, focusing on the impact it has on humanity, our society and culture worldwide. As President of The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, Shashi is internationally recognised as a thought leader in progressive design.
British engineer James Dyson attended the Royal College of Art and studied architecture. But instead of colonnades and cladding, robust marine engineering was the order of the day as he developed the Sea Truck, a flat-hulled, high-speed landing craft and, with it, his passion for engineering. During the five years it took to develop his first vacuum, the DC01, James was also battling to convince other manufacturers to embrace his new technology, then protect his invention when they copied it. He has a reputation for taking risks, making mistakes and using frustration as a fuel for creativity and solving problems.
Retail design guru Rodney Fitch founded design consultancy Fitch in 1972, before leaving at the end of 2009. He now works in higher education and as an independent advisor and consultant. Rodney was appointed Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1990 for his 'influence on the British Design Industry'.
Thomas Heatherwick is the founder of Heatherwick Studio, where there's a profound commitment, at every scale, to finding innovative design solutions with an absolute dedication to artistic thinking and the latent potential of materials and craftsmanship. Notable projects include the Olympic Olympic Cauldron for the 2012 Olympic Games, the New Bus for London, and the award winning UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
Thomas is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; an Honorary Doctor at the Royal College of Art; a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts and Commerce; and a Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum. He won the Prince Philip Designers Prize, and in 2004, was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry. In 2010 Thomas was awarded the London Design Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to design.
Born in America, Charles Jencks has lived and worked in Britain for the past four decades where his designs are found in both buildings and sculptural landscapes. He is co-founder of Maggie’s Centres – a series of practical and beautifully-designed buildings dedicated to empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer.
Having studied printed textile design at Medway College and then at The Royal College of Art in London, Zandra Rhodes opened her first shop in 1967. In 1969 she set up on her own and took her collection to New York while in the UK, she was given her own area in Fortnum and Mason, London. Zandra was Designer of the Year in 1972 and in 1974 was made Royal Designer for Industry. Today, Zandra Rhodes collections are sold in the top stores and boutiques around the world with her work encompassing dresses, printed textiles and various licences including jewellery, wrapping paper, a full range of china for Royal Doulton and furs for Pologeorgis in New York. In the last few years Zandra's career has diversified into designing the sets and costumes for operas internationally. She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1997 in recognition of her contribution to fashion and textiles, has nine Honorary Doctorates and is Chancellor of the University of the Creative Arts (UCA).
Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum in London, the UK's cultural champion of design. Before joining the Design Museum in August 2006, Deyan was Dean of the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at Kingston University, visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, and the Observer newspaper's design and architecture writer. He was Director of Glasgow 1999, UK City of Architecture, and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Deyan was for several years visiting professor at the Academy of Applied Art in Vienna and from 2000 to 2004 he was Editor of Domus, the international magazine of art, architecture and design, and was Founding Editor of Blueprint magazine from 1983 to 1996.people to live with, through and beyond cancer.
In business for over 40 years Sir Paul Smith has established himself as the pre-eminent British designer. Paul Smith has an ability to anticipate, and even spark off trends not only fashion but in the wider context of popular culture. He manages to transmit a genuine sense of humour and mischief mixed with his love of tradition and the classics. Today there are 14 different collections. Designed in Nottingham and London, the Paul Smith collections are primarily produced in England and Italy while the fabrics used are mainly of Italian, French and British origin. Paul explains his eclectic aesthetic: "We're a leading and uniquely British brand. We mix up one-off antiques with high quality tailoring: the chair you sit on when you buy a suit is for sale and we can wrap the suit and have the chair waiting for you when you get home."
Dr Paul Thompson is the Rector of the Royal College of Art, the world's oldest art school in continuous operation, and the only art and design university in the UK operating exclusively at postgraduate level. Prior to 2009, Paul was Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (from 2001-9), and Director of the Design Museum in London (from 1993-2001). He is a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum and is on the Ashmolean Museum Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the Programme Advisory Committee of the Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust.
Andreas Von Einsiedel is a well-established and respected photographer who has been photographing interiors for over 25 years. His work has been published in many of the world's most prestigious design and shelter magazines.
His enthusiasm for photography and interior design is undiminished after all those years. Andreas is German and has been living in London for longer than he cares to remember. He loves London as a place to live and work in.
"as it is the best city in the world to be in and do what I do. I love its energy and the fact that it is a city of ideas: there's always something new and exciting happening and many of the trends which will eventually become fashionable throughout the world start here in London!"
Graham has been involved with CIC since 1989, initially as a member of the Council and its Executive Board, then as a Director. He was appointed Chief Executive and Secretary in October 1991 and is responsible for the general policy and direction of the Council, for maintaining effective communication with Government, other external agencies and with members and for establishing and maintaining the CIC Secretariat and office. Graham is a member of the Strategic Forum for Construction and its Executive Committee and Olympic Task Force and Visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA, CIBSE, the ABE, ICWCI and the Faculty of Building and an Honorary Member of the RICS and CIAT. In 2000 he was awarded the President's Medal of the CIOB and the Peter Stone Award of the Association of Building Engineers in 1996. Graham received an OBE at the New Years Honours in 2008 for his services to the construction industry.
Born in Israel, Zeev came to London in 1957 to study design at Central School of Arts. In 1964 he opened Aram Designs, a furniture showroom on Kings Road, introducing the British public to modern design. Specialising in selling only genuine, authorised, originals in premier contemporary furniture and lighting, Zeev opened the capital's top design and furniture showroom for contemporary modern furniture design, ARAM STORE, Covent Garden in 2002. Throughout his career Zeev has achieved numerous accolades in design, and was awarded an OBE for his services to Design and Architecture in 2014.
Dids Macdonald has over 25 years’ experience within the design industry, initially owning an interior design company and latterly as a designer-maker. As a passionate lecturer and CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID), Dids strongly advocates for respect for intellectual property within corporate social responsibility and ethical standards in design. ACID represents thousands of designers within the creative industries and in 2012, the Government recommended various IP and design reforms many of which ACID has campaigned for, including Clause 13 to bring intentional design right infringement in line with copyright and trademark infringement with criminal provisions. The IP Bill became an Act of Parliament on 1 October 2014.
Christine Losecaat is an internationally experienced senior business strategy, marketing and communications specialist and an Emmy award winning producer. Managing Director of Little Dipper, a consultancy specialising in international strategy, positioning, research, project management, business development and creative direction, Christine works across a variety of sectors with a focus on special international projects for private and public sector organisations. During her career she has created, designed and delivered programmes and events including the British Business Embassy at Lancaster House during the London 2012 Games. Other programmes that have benefited from her strategic and creative direction include the UK business programme at Shanghai Expo 2010, UK China Partners and currently the UK’s presence at Milan Expo 2015. She continues to advise on the UK’s Creative Industries International Strategy working with the Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group and the Creative Industries Council.
Kevin McCloud, MBE, is a British author, broadcaster and designer, best known for his work on the Channel 4 series Grand Designs which he has presented since 1999, and for his residential housing development company, HAB Housing, which he founded in 2006. Kevin has received numerous accolades including two honorary doctorates in 2005, from Plymouth and Oxford Brookes. He is a patron of several architectural and sustainable charities, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Foresters, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a WWF Ambassador. He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to sustainable design and energy saving property refurbishment.
Martin Roth has been Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum since September 2011. Before joining the V&A, he was Director General of the Dresden State Art Collections, overseeing twelve museums and galleries. He was President of the German Museums Association from 1995 to 2003, and a member of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Advisory Board in Berlin until his relocation to London in 2011. Martin is a Trustee of the British Council and of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. He is a member of both the Council of the Royal College of Art and the Court of Imperial College in London.