Date of release: Thursday, July 21, 2016

Honorary awards for Marti Franch Batllori and Dr Kevin FewsterMarti Franch Batllori, a renowned landscape architect, and Dr Kevin Fewster, Director of Royal Museums Greenwich, are being honoured by the University of Greenwich today (Thursday 21 July).

They are receiving their degrees in graduation ceremonies taking place at the Greenwich Campus. The university awards honorary degrees to individuals of distinction who have made an outstanding contribution to activities related to education, business, culture, creative work and public service.

Greenwich graduate Marti Franch Batllori, described by Harvard Design Magazine as one of the most influential contemporary landscape architects of his generation, is receiving the degree of Honorary Doctor of Design (HonDDes). He established his practice, Estudi Marti Franch (EMF Landscape Architecture) in 1999, and his many awards include the Rosa Barber Prize (2012), the highest award in his profession, and the Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, which described his work as 'cutting edge'.

He is advisor to the landscape journal Paisea, is regularly featured in a number of acclaimed architecture magazines, and is a visiting teacher at several institutions around the globe.

His honorary award from Greenwich recognises his achievements at a relatively young age, and acknowledges his inspiration to the university's students who are setting out in their own landscape architecture careers.

Dr Kevin Fewster, whose remit includes leadership responsibilities for the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Queen's House and the Cutty Sark, becomes an Honorary Doctor of Letters (HonDLitt). A published historian and author, his many achievements in Greenwich include overseeing the development of the National Maritime Museum's £365 million Sammy Ofer Wing, which opened in July 2011. He was also instrumental in facilitating the staging of the equestrian and modern pentathlon events in Greenwich during the 2012 London Olympics.

Dr Fewster has enjoyed a distinguished career both in this country and in his native Australia. A Member of the Order for Australia, which he received for services to museum administration and to the preservation of maritime history, he is also President of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.

His honorary degree recognises a career devoted to museum administration and acknowledges the important cultural work undertaken by Royal Museums Greenwich.

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Picture: Marti Franch Batllori (left), Dr Kevin Fewster (right).