Professor Paul Oliver, MBE, visiting professor in the Place Culture and identity research group in the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, has been awarded an Honorary Membership by the Architectural Association.

This highest classification of Architectural Association membership is reserved as a special honour for individuals whose contribution to the work and development of the Architectural Association, or to the education or professions of architects in general is particularly noteworthy.

Professor Oliver joins a select group of individuals to have been honoured in this way, including Herman Hertzberger, Frei Otto, Charles Jenkcs, Joseph Rykwert and Kenneth Frampton. Professor Oliver will be presented with this award at an event scheduled to take place in May 2014.

Commenting on the award, Sadie Morgan, president of the Architectural Association, said ‘it is for all the above reasons that we honour Professor Oliver, but in particular for his critical thinking and writing which has helped shape the architectural landscape of the past few decades’.

Professor Oliver was awarded an MBE for his contribution to architectural education in 2003. In 2002 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). In 2008 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame for his pioneering work on Blues and African American music, one of only two non-performers to have been honoured in this way.

More details of Proffessor Oliver’s work can be found on the POVAL website.