The Royal Academy of Engineering is delighted to announce that its newly renovated ’Forum for Engineering’ is to be named Prince Philip House, in honour of its Senior Fellow HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who will formally open the building today.

Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says:

“As our Senior Fellow, The Duke of Edinburgh has worked tirelessly to support the Academy right from its inception as the Fellowship of Engineering, which he was instrumental in creating in 1976. We are now a fully-fledged national Academy of some 1,500 Fellows, working in partnership with government, business, the engineering profession and our universities to promote the engineering and technological welfare of the UK

“Prince Philip House will be a great asset for our country, providing a national platform for engineering – where we can all come together and address the issues that matter. Global issues including sustainability, skills, equality and diversity, health, water and energy supplies and, crucially, economic growth.”

A new portrait of The Duke of Edinburgh will also be unveiled at the event. Specially commissioned by Dame Stephanie Shirley FREng from the award-winning artist Paul Brason, the triptych-style painting will be on permanent display at the Academy.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  2. Paul Brason was born in Kensington, London in 1952. After a foundation course at Hastings School of Art, he studied at Camberwell College of Art. He now lives and paints in Bath, UK. He began exhibiting his work in 1977, and also worked with Editions Alecto on two publishing projects. In 1980 he exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery in "A New Look at British Portraiture" and began accepting commissions for portraits and also exhibited in the first year of what was to become the BP Portrait Award, in which hewas a finalist for 13 years running. He went on to win the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture in 1998. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has selected his work annually since 1988, and other exhibitions have included "Portraits for the 80's” and "Picturing People, British Figurative Art since 1945" which was a British Council touring exhibition. His exhibit at The National Portrait Gallery's "Portrait Award 1992" was purchased by the Museums and Galleries Commission for The Government Art Collection. In 1994 he was elected to membership of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and went on to become Honorary Secretary, Vice-President and then President.
  3. Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley FREng is an entrepreneur. She started an early business technology group on her dining room table with £6 in 1962. In 25 years as its Chief Executive, she developed the company, now part of Group Steria, which became a FTSE 250leading technology group, which has pioneered new working practices and changed the position of professional women - especially in hi-tech - along the way. Since retiring as honorary Life President in 1993, Dame Stephanie has increasingly devoted her time to philanthropy.

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For more information and images of the event or the new portrait please contact: Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0636; email: Jane Sutton