IHBC congratulates Malcolm Airs on OBE appointment: Your institute’s past president, past chair, and much more

personThe IHBC has congratulated Malcolm Airs – Past President and past Chair of the IHBC and emeritus professor of conservation and the historic environment at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, as well as contributor  to the most recent edition of IHBC’s member journal, Context – who has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours, for services to the historic environment, conservation and education.

image: Kellog College

Malcolm Airs said: ‘I am very flattered to have been honoured in this way, particularly as the citation refers to conservation, the historic environment and education.  All three strands have played a central role in my professional life and now that I am technically ‘retired’ continue to influence all that I do.’

‘They are all central to the mission of IHBC and I am proud to have been involved in the Institute since its very beginning.’

‘Heritage features strongly in the list of awards and it is a tribute to the professionalism that has been nurtured by the Institute that its importance should be officially recognised in this way.’

David McDonald, IHBC President said: ‘Malcolm’s OBE is indeed richly deserved, not only for his contribution to education, but also in his service to the IHBC, and conservation of the historic environment generally.

‘I found his lectures on ‘Tudorbethan’ architecture at the Architectural Association to be very informative and delivered with great enthusiasm. He of course has served as an early Chair of the IHBC and was its first President. In doing that, he set a very high standard.’


‘Those of us who have followed in his footsteps have found that to be not only inspirational, but also an extremely hard act to follow!’

For more background see Wikipedia

For more from Malcolm, in Context, on ‘Creative thinking in a Neighbourhood Plan’, see  the Context Archive

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