Renowned British architect and award-winning academic Professor Dean Hawkes has been named Honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLitt) by the University of Westminster. The award was presented at the University’s autumn graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 21 November.

The University of Westminster awarded Professor Hawkes in recognition of his world-leading expertise in architectural and environmental design. He will be an invaluable and unique mentor to the University of Westminster’s interdisciplinary academic community researching and developing design that integrates the technics and poetics of architectural and environmental design.

Professor Hawkes founded the renowned architectural practice Greenberg and Hawkes with Stephen Greenberg. His projects have won a number of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Architecture Awards and in 2012 he was also awarded the prestigious Annie Spink RIBA Award for excellence in architectural education. His designs have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and at the Venice Biennale.

Professor Hawkes was educated at the Regional College of Art in Manchester and at Clare College, University of Cambridge. He went on to combine practice, teaching and research throughout his career. Currently Emeritus Professor at Cardiff University and Emeritus Fellow of Darwin College at the University of Cambridge, he has held professorships across a number of universities in the UK and internationally.

Between 1965-1995 he taught and researched at the Department of Architecture at Cambridge University, where he was a founding member and, later, Director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies. He held the role of Chair of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University between 1995–2002, and has held visiting professorships at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; the National University of Singapore; and the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art.

Professor David Dernie, Dean of the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, said: “There is no one more distinguished, or highly regarded than Professor Hawkes in architecture and environmental design. He is internationally recognised and will bring profile, gravitas and much insight and wisdom to the Faculty’s direction of travel in this critical area.”

Alongside Professor Hawkes, the University of Westminster also praised the achievements of other Honorary Doctorates who received the title at the autumn graduation ceremonies.

  • Peter Anwyl, Executive Director of International Students House who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for his commitment to the furtherance of international understanding and international education.
  • Professor David Hitchcock, who was made an Honorary Fellow for his distinguished service and contribution to Westminster Business School.

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