In case you missed it, starchitect, hater of library photography, and proclaimer of the death of show-off architecture, David Chipperfield joined the esteemed ranks of Paul McCartney with his being knighted just a few days back for his work in architecture and design. But before you dismiss the Stirling Prize winner‘s new “Sir” title as just mere decoration, let us tell you what that gets him. Because he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire back in 2004, his new knighthood now places him above Jonathan Ive and James Dyson, both of whom have been awarded titles from the British Empire, but neither has two. So we believe that you will soon see Ive and Dyson slinking over to Chipperfield’s house at all hours of the day in order to do increasingly menial and degrading chores. However, it isn’t all good fun. The famous game designer Peter Molyneux was named a knight by the French Ministry of Culture back in 2007. And given the long history between the UK and France, we think it’s only a matter of time before the two are forced to fight. That important information now known to you, here’s a bit of info on some of the other high-profile recipients who will join Chipperfield on his quests for justice:
Others included…George Ferguson, former president of the RIBA, who was given a CBE for services to architecture and the community in the South-west…An OBE was awarded to John Anderson, who has led the renewal project for the St Martin in the Fields church in London’s Trafalgar Square.