Philip Webb Award

The Philip Webb Award 2017

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


Images: Philip Webb Award 2016 joint winners Bethan Watson (left) and Cristiano Lamarque (right)

The Award
Named in honour of the SPAB’s co-founder, architect Philip Webb, the Award encourages and celebrates the sympathetic reuse of old 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 new to old, as well as their design flair.

2017 competition
The panel of expert judges met on 19 October at the SPAB's offices. Competition entries were assessed against the published criteria. The results will be announced shortly.

2018 competition
The Philip Webb Award will be held again in 2018 for current Part II students, and recent graduates of UK Schools of Architecture who completed their studies in 2016 or 2017. They are invited to put forward a scheme to revitalise a building which has been decayed or neglected, but which can be repaired and adapted for a sympathetic new use.
The submission period for entries will open on 20 July and close at 5pm on 14 September 2018.

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Previous Philip Webb Award Winners

Philip Webb Award Winners 2016
Joint first place (£750 each) went to Bethan Watson (Cambridge University) for Citta Della Memoria - a scheme for the earthquake-damaged Italian town of L'Aquila, and Cristiano Lamarque (Oxford Brookes University) for the conversion of the former Convent of San Bento de Castris at Evora, Portugal into a centre caring for Alzheimer's sufferers.

Jordan Green (Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff) and Rhys Waring (graduate of Nottingham University) were highly commended for their outline masterplan for Avon Tyrell house in Hampshire.

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.< /br> The third prize went to Charles Wellingham for his "Eat Hub Local" project at Gloucester Docks.