Professor Richard England was awarded the Robert Matthew Award after being nominated in May by the Malta Chamber of architects (Kamra tal-Periti), according to a press release sent to Business Malta. The prize commemorates the first President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), Sir Robert Matthew and recognises innovative contributions to the development of architecture, in the Commonwealth context.
The award was presented to Mr England in absentia during a ceremony held in Mombasa, Kenya, on 14 August, as part of the CAA’s General Assembly. Architect Vincent Cassar, Past President of the CAA, accepted the prize on Mr England’s behalf. It will be formally presented to Mr England, who has been Malta’s architectural ambassador, at an event to be held later this year.
Over the last half-century, Mr England’s work attracted the attention of the international architectural world, the Kamra tal-Periti says in its press statement. In the early eighties, he was commissioned by Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji to work together with other world-renowned architects.
Mr England is also Hon Visiting Fellow at the University of Bath, United Kingdom, and a Professor, Academician and Vice-President of the International Academy of Architecture. He has been invited to lecture in North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle and Far East, and the ex-USSR.