Philip Webb Award

The Philip Webb Award 2016

An annual award for recent graduates and Part II students at UK Schools of Architecture



Images: left to right: Live site for 2016: Avon Tyrell; sketch by 2015 Philip Webb Award winner, Holly Spilsbury of Standen; eco boat house at Avon Tyrell.

The Award

Enter now. The submission of entries to the competition opened on 15 July 2016 and closes at 5pm on 12 September 2016. Named in honour of the SPAB’s co-founder, architect Philip Webb, the Award encourages and celebrates the sympathetic reuse of existing buildings and sensitive new design in an historic context.   It’s a unique opportunity for students and architects in the early stages of their career to demonstrate their understanding of repair techniques, and their engagement with the SPAB’s principles in fitting the new to the old, as well as their design flair.  

2016 competition

Following the success of last year’s partnership with the National Trust, which enabled us to offer a live brief as part of the competition, in 2016 the SPAB is delighted to be working with the charity UK Youth to offer its outdoor education centre, Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest, as a case study on which entrants can base their scheme.

This intriguing house is unusual in being one of very few designed by Arts and Crafts architect W R Lethaby, a key figure in the early years of the SPAB and Philip Webb’s first biographer.  Perhaps better known as an architectural theorist than a designer, Lethaby’s interest in number and form is exemplified at Avon Tyrrell — a ‘calendar house’ whose elements correspond to the months, weeks and days of the year.   

The 2016 Award will, therefore, be judged in two categories:
    A scheme to optimise the use of Avon Tyrrell (house, site and ancillary buildings) in an imaginative, sensitive and sustainable new way, with scope to design significant new facilities.
    A scheme to revitalise an historic building of the entrant’s choosing.


Cash prizes will be offered in each category, along with an activity break at Avon Tyrrell and a SPAB book bundle. Award entries will be exhibited by the SPAB and UK Youth, and feedback invited from the groups that visit and use Avon Tyrrell.


All students at UK Schools of Architecture who have achieved RIBA Part 1 and are currently working towards RIBA Part II are eligible to enter, along with recent Part II graduates who completed their studies in 2014 or 2015. Entrants may submit work singly or as part of a team, and entrants may submit work in either or both competition categories.

Find out more

More information can be found on the Philip Webb Award flier.  Contact with any queries.

Please read the Notes for Entrants before completing an entry form.

Background information is available to download here for entrants considering submitting a scheme for Avon Tyrell. This comprises:
    Information Sheet
    bundle 1 - brief and context
    bundle 2 - Feasibility
    bundle 3 - Landscape
    bundle 4 - Conservation
    Appendix - Recent Work

Previous Philip Webb Award Winners

Philip Webb Award Winners 2015

Holly Spilsbury, a part-time Masters student at Manchester University, received the Philip Webb Award certificate and a prize of £1500 for her sensitive and imaginative scheme for Standen.
Luke Nagle, a graduate of Birmingham School of Architecture, was commended for his Standen scheme.
Jeremy Haest, an Oxford School of Architecture (Oxford Brookes) student, was commended for his scheme to convert the redundant Hartera paper factory’s power station into an Industrial Heritage Museum for the Croatian port city of Rijeka. 

Philip Webb Award Winners 2011
Clara Byrne from Nottingham University won the first prize of £1,000 for her scheme "Traces" at No.76 Dean Street, Soho.
The second prize (£500) was awarded to Jonathan Shaw from University of Sheffield.
The third prize (£100) went to Ingrid Schreiber-France from University of Greenwich.
Philip Webb Award Winners 2010

First Prize went to Niall Bird, who was in his final year at Portsmouth University, for his scheme for an education and visitor centre at Bursledon Brickworks in Hampshire. Niall also won the competition in 2009.

Second prize was awarded to Dan Ladyman, a student at Nottingham University, for his Oral History Centre scheme for the Isle of Portland. The third prize went to Charles Wellingham for his "Eat Hub Local" project at Gloucester Docks.

Philip Webb Award Winners 2009
First Prize went to Niall Bird, from Portsmouth University, for his Lido scheme. Niall's scheme tackled the difficult issue of site access. He envisaged a much wider range of water sports and other activities taking place on the site to encourage far more people to use it. His scheme retained the existing buildings, some extended to provide upgraded facilities, but he also proposed several new structures reflecting design features of the 1930s. The key aspect of Niall’s design, the judges said, was his decision to introduce a series of beacons into each of the new structures fulfilling the most important function of making the site noticeable from further afield, attracting visitors, as well as lighting the site itself.

The second prize went to Darren Furniss, a year 6 student at Westminster for his scheme “Rooms for Music”, a bold and ambitious proposal to extend the 17th-century Wroclaw Opera House in Poland, recently the subject of an international competition.