Philip Webb Award

Philip Webb Award

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

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standen site plan_72dpiSPAB Philip Webb Centenary 2015

As part of the centenary year, and in partnership with the National Trust, the Society has launched its Philip Webb Award, given to encourage and recognise high quality design in an historic context.

The Competition
Judged by a panel of experts led by Kevin McCloud, the Webb Award is a design-orientated competition encouraging adaptive reuse of existing buildings and sensitive new design in an historic context.  It’s a unique opportunity for young architects interested in sustainability, reuse of old buildings and developing in conservation practice to engage with SPAB principles and showcase their skills.

The Brief
To devise a scheme which sympathetically revitalises an historic building for reuse. The scheme should incorporate careful repair of existing fabric and a significant element of new construction in a contemporary design.

The SPAB’s Webb Centenary partnership with the National Trust enables us to offer the Stable Block and associated buildings at Webb’s iconic country house, Standen in Sussex, as a live case study on which entrants can base their scheme.

The 2015 Award will, therefore, be judged in two categories:
1)    A scheme to optimise the use of the Stable Block, Granary and Barn at Standen in an imaginative and sensitive new way.
2)    A scheme to revitalise an historic building of the entrant’s choosing.

1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £100. Award entries will be exhibited by the SPAB and the National Trust.

Students at UK Schools of Architecture who have achieved RIBA Part 1 and are currently working towards RIBA Part II, and Part II graduates who completed their studies in 2013 or 2014, are eligible.

Competition dates
The submission period is now closed. Judging will take place in October and the winner will be announced in November.  The Standen category entries are on show at Standen til 11 October.

For full details, notes for entrants and information about Standen, please see the Philip Webb Award 2015 page on our website.

Please contact with any queries.

Images: Standen sample scheme by Libby Fellingham

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