Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year 2016 - 2018


Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year  2016 - 2018

The award recognises the contribution being made to church buildings by architects in the early stages of their career.  It is given to young architect who has worked on a winning or shortlisted design entered for The King of Prussia Gold Medal or the Presidents’ Award. It was first awarded in 2016 and forms part of the annual Church Architecture Awards, run by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust.

 2018 Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year Award

The award for Young Church Architect of the Year 2018 went to Pippa Jacob for work on the re-ordering and introduction of new facilities at St Edmund King & Martyr Church, Southwold, Suffolk.

The work at St Edmund King and Martyr in Southwold, Suffolk involved a complete re-ordering of the west end of this Grade I listed church to create new facilities and a more flexible space.  Using limed oak, the church now has a new shop, welcome desk and WC’s behind a new oak screen.   In addition, four rows of pews were removed and a new floor laid. The result of the work has already led to an increase in worshippers and extra uses of the church.

A photo gallery of the 2018 Church Architecture Awards can be seen at the bottom of this webpage.

2017 Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year Award

Tszwai So, Director at Spheron Architects, for his work as project architect for the Belarusian Memorial Chapel in Woodside Park, London, which was Highly Commended for the Presidents' Award for new church buildings.  

He undertook a year-long research into the architectural heritage of Belarus. The judges commended him for his commitment to this unusual project and his leading role in the design and making of a delightful building. The design of the memorial chapel was been finely honed through the collaborative process between architect and craftspeople. 

Tszwai So founded Spheron Architects, an emerging architecture practice based in Clapham, in 2011, aged 29. Clients have included Queen Mary University in London, the Holy See of Rome, and the Diocese of Westminster.

2016 Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year Award

Tania Gomez-Duran, Associate at Freeland Rees Roberts, for her work on St Mary and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham, Norfolk, which won The Presidents' Award for re-orderings, extensions and alterations.

The project at St Mary and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham, Norfolk was to provide new extensions and facilities including a new sacristy, choir vestry, servery, lavatories and storage to cater for a wide range of activities, interpretation and learning. Traditional materials were used in a contemporary way to be sensitive to the context and to achieve elegance in construction and detailing.

Freeland Rees Roberts Architects is an award winning practice specialising in contemporary design, sensitive renovation, and specialist conservation.