Stuart Lipton, chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, led the list of industry professionals honoured in the Queen’s birthday honours, receiving a knighthood.
Sir Stuart, also chief executive of developer Stanhope, received the honour for services to the property industry and to the environment.
He said: “As our industry comes of age, it seems that our achievements are finally receiving the recognition they so rightfully deserve.”
Sir Stuart, 57, started in property development in the 1960s before making his mark in the 1980s and 1990s with Stanhope’s Broadgate and Stockley Park schemes.
Others construction professionals honoured included Construction Industry Board chairman Chris Vickers and University of Cambridge architecture professor Peter Carolin, who were both awarded CBEs.
Vickers, 65, who has also served as Construction Industry Council chairman and president of the RICS QS division, was honoured for his services to surveying and the construction industry.
He said: “It’s a great shame other people who have helped me get where I am now can’t be recognised as well. I’m very honoured.”
Ove Arup & Partners director Corinne Swain, who is also on the DETR planning research advisory group and Glasgow 1999 director Deyan Sudjic received OBEs.
Jubilee Line Extension senior supervising engineer Michael Jenkins and architect Michael Wildblood were awarded MBEs.
Wildblood, who received the honour for services to architecture in Yorkshire, is founder of Wildblood Macdonald and vice-chairman of RIBA’s trading arm.