Judges Patty Hopkins, Eva Jiricna and John McAslan have awarded Jane Priestman the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize. The 85-year-old British designer, lauded for being a “visionary” client, is the first to receive this lifetime achievement award, which honors non-architects which have significantly contributed to the architectural profession.
“Her contribution to future generations is immeasurable,” said the judges. “Priestman had the belief that architecture could change people lives, and wanted to work with architects who could help her do it.”
Priestman is distinguished in design and design management. For 11 years she was General Manager in Architecture and Design for the British Airport Authorities, before becoming the Director of Architecture, Design and Environment for the British Railways Board. She has actively served as a chairman of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards and the Trustees Medal, as well as a consultant to the Design Council. In 1991, she was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her work.
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