Debrett’s announce the most influential and inspiring people in Architecture and Property in Britain today

Debrett’s has recognised people of influence and achievement in British society for almost 250 years. In 1769, Debrett’s produced the Peerage, and from 1982, recognised the contemporary achievements of over 22,000 people from every sector and spectrum of society, in the People of Today. To extend their recognition of influential, inspiring and achieving individuals, Debrett’s today announces the ‘Debrett’s 500 People of Today’.

The Debrett’s 500 published in full in The Sunday Times on 26 January 2014 has been carefully compiled by independent panels of specialists in each of the 25 sectors. The Architecture and Property categories were chaired by Hugh Pearman, The Sunday Times architecture critic and editor of RIBA Journal and Anne Ashworth, The Times property and finance editor respectively.

Dame Zaha Hadid, architect; Lord Rogers, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Alison Nimmo, chief executive, Crown Estate; David Adjaye, architect at Adjaye Associates; Victoria Thornton, founder of Open-City; Lord Foster, architect at Foster + Partners; Alison Brooks, architect; Charles Jencks, landscape architect; Amanda Levete, architect; Niall McLaughlin, architect; Sarah Wigglesworth, architect; Sir David Chipperfield, architect; Deborah Saunt, architect and founder of DSDHA; Alain de Botton, Living Architecture; Vicky Richardson, British Council; Peter Murray, architectural journalist; Eva Jiricna, architect; Sir Terry Farrell, architect, Farrell & Partners; Francine Houben, architect at Mecanoo; Sunand Prasad, architect, Penoyre & Prasad – Former president of RIBA.

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Charles Ellingworth, founder of Property Vision; Duke of Westminster, head of the Grosvenor estate; Sir George Iacobescu, chief executive of Canary Wharf Group; Harry Handelsman, CEO of Manhattan Loft Corporation; Ian Hawksworth, chief executive of Capital & Counties; Irvine Sellar, developer of the Shard; John Burton, development director of Westfield; John Whittaker, chief executive of Peel Holdings; Joe Montgomery, chief executive, Europe Urban Land Institute; Mike Hussey, chief executive of Almacantar; Mike Ingall, CEO of Allied London; Nick Candy, property developer; Peter Wynne Rees, city planning officer, City of London; Simon Reuben, joint CEO, Reuben Brothers; Sir Stuart Lipton, property developer; Stephen Stone, chief executive, Crest Nicholson; Tony Pidgley, founder and chairman, Berkeley Group; Wang Jialin, chairman, Dalian Wanda; Colette O’Shea, head of development, London Land Securities; Dame Alison Carnwath, chairman, Land Securities.

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The inaugural 500 also includes luminaries such as David Beckham and Mo Farah from the world of sport, Stephen Fry and Sir Elton John for their charity work, Pete Tong and Emily Eavis for their services to music, and fashionistas Katie Grand and Cara Delevigne.

Inspired by the Debrett’s 500 and the Debrett’s People of Today – and in response to the figures showing that the majority of graduates gaining first jobs also come from fee-paying schools – Debrett’s is also creating a Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to support, champion and inspire social mobility to ensure that the next generation of leaders, the ‘People of Tomorrow’ are from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Joanne Milner, Chief Executive at Debrett’s, commented:

“Debrett’s is delighted to launch, in association with the Sunday Times, the Debrett’s 500. A positive endorsement and recognition of Britain’s 500 most influential people. As we celebrate the achievements of the best of British, it is a fantastic opportunity to consider how we can inspire the next generation of leaders. Debrett’s is uniquely placed to help provide the ‘social capital’ needed by young people from less privileged backgrounds to ensure they have an equal opportunity to succeed. The Debrett’s Foundation will combine Debrett’s expertise on business etiquette training with access to Debrett’s influential networks, so that these young people benefit from expert coaching in skills such as interviewing and networking, together with access to a network that is able to facilitate internship and work experience opportunities”

The Debrett’s 500 People of Today has been published in association with The Sunday Times. Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director at The Sunday Times, commented:

“The Sunday Times was keen to partner with Debrett’s on the list of Britain’s 500 Most Influential because of their commitment to using their brand with its connotations of privilege and the peerage to help boost social mobility and give those with less opportunity the chance to acquire mentors and the kind of soft skills necessary these days to get on. We welcome the launch of their new foundation and are delighted to run the list in this weekend’s Sunday Times.”

For more information on the People of Today 2014, please visit