Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year


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.

 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.