CAN YOU DEMONSTRATE INNOVATION & CONSERVATION? – ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS INVITED TO ENTER SPAB’S PHILIP WEBB AWARDS 2012
SPAB is now seeking entries now for the 2012 Philip Webb Award – a competition that encourages new design in the context of period buildings by challenging architectural students to create an imaginative and sensitive revitalisation scheme for a building or group of buildings of historic interest, but currently subject to neglect or decay.
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As Britain’s oldest conservation organisation, SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) offers this award in memory of architect Philip Webb, who, with William Morris, was one of the main founders of the Society in 1877. From the earliest days, Webb devoted time to teaching young architects the principles and methods of practical conservation and SPAB maintains that educational tradition today.
The competition is open to all students at UK Schools of Architecture who have achieved RIBA 1 and who are working towards RIBA Part 2 examinations. The award aims to develop students’ appreciation of the unique needs and demands of old buildings by asking them to undertake a drawing-board project that tests and strengthens their understanding of architectural and historical value along with their knowledge of the purpose, philosophy and techniques of conservation.
A prize of £1000 will be awarded to the winner, with second and third prizes of £500 and £100 respectively.
After choosing a suitable historic building or group of buildings for their project, students (who may work singly or as a team) are required to produce a scheme that will sympathetically revitalise the site, perhaps introducing an appropriate new use or purpose. The plans should incorporate a significant element of new design. Some local authorities have produced ‘Buildings at Risk’ registers, which might be used to identify suitable projects.
Entrants are required to submit two A1 size drawings (on card or lightweight board) and a report including location and survey drawings of the existing buildings on the site as well as photographs of the surrounding environment. Students are usually able to use their submissions as part of their college work.