Building Craftsperson of the Year Award

Building Craftsperson of the Year Award

Award Sponsor

The Building Craftsperson Award, sponsored by Owlsworth IJP, recognises the best up-and-coming craftspeople working with traditional materials and old buildings.

Do you know an early-career craftsperson working with traditional skills, buildings and materials? Nominating them could be a game-changer for their career. 

Submit your entries or nominations by Wednesday 14 August 2024. You can find out more below, or get inspired by our previous shortlist and winners

Any questions? Email

What are we looking for? 

  • Early-career craftspeople and builders who are new to their trades (formally engaged with their trade for a maximum of five years in 2024) 
  • Craftspeople working with historic buildings and traditional materials 
  • Craftspeople working with traditional forms of construction or in a related craft 
  • Traditional forms of construction include bricklayers, stonemasons, roofers, carpenters, joiners, framers, plasterers, earth builders, glaziers or conservation builders 
  • Related crafts include blacksmithing, signwriting, gilding, bell founding, bell hanging, clock making, leadworking or wallpaper printing 
  • Craftspeople must be practicing in the UK and/or Republic of Ireland (including Channel Islands and Isle of Man) 

How to enter 

Please enter via the online form. We need to know: 

  • Your name 
  • The name of the craftsperson you are nominating 
  • How they meet the criteria above 
  • Why you think this craftsperson deserves this Award 

You need to include: 

  • A minimum of three and a maximum of six high-resolution images (JPGs or PNGs) that show the craftsperson and their craft (300dpi minimum) 
  • Image credits and description saved in the file names, e.g. ‘Philip Webb doing lime plastering © William Morris’ 
  • You must have the photographer’s permission to submit these images 

All Awards are free to enter. Shortlisted entries will be required to purchase at least one in-person ticket to the Awards Ceremony (£59 Members, £69 Non-Members). 

We can only consider entries that meet the criteria above. 

Any questions? Email

Many thanks to Owlsworth IJP for sponsoring this Award.

Header image: Rachel Stoplar