In 2016 the SPAB celebrated an architect closely associated with the Society – William Richard Lethaby. Educational charity UK Youth offered Lethaby’s country house, Avon Tyrrell, which it uses as an outdoor activity centre, as the live case study for this year’s competition. Joint first prize went to Bethan Watson of Cambridge University and Cristiano Lamarque of Oxford Brookes University for their carefully considered and well-presented schemes for the town of L'Aquila and the former monastery at Evora. Jordan Green and Rhys Waring were commended for their scheme for Avon Tyrrell.
Philip Webb Award
Philip Webb Award
First awarded in 1993, the Philip Webb Award sets architects in the early stages of their career a demanding but exciting dual conservation and design challenge.
The brief is to devise a scheme which sympathetically revitalises a historic building for reuse through careful repair of existing fabric and a significant element of new construction in a contemporary design. It’s a unique opportunity for those interested in sustainability, the reuse of old buildings and in developing experience in conservation practice to engage with the SPAB’s principles and showcase their skills. The competition is open to recent graduates and current Part II students at UK Schools of Architecture.
In 2019 the judges were impressed by entrants’ appreciation of the special qualities and potential of relatively humble buildings or former industrial sites, and their concern for sustainability and community benefits. The award was judged at an assessment day in November and the winners are announced below.
The entry period for the 2020 competition will open on 20 July 2020 and close at 5pm on 14 September 2020. Notes for Entrants and entry forms will be available shortly.