Young Church Architect of the Year

Published: Friday, November 4, 2016


The winner of a new award, The Young Church Architect of the Year, was announced at the Church Architecture Awards by HRH The Duke of Gloucester at St Mellitus College, London SW5, on Thursday 3 November 2016.

The first Young Church Architect Award went to 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 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.

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.

The Church Architecture Awards are run by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust.