We are delighted to announce that this year Beth Watson – an architect working at Caroe Architecture since October 2016 – will embark on the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) Lethaby Scholarship!
The SPAB Scholarship is a unique nine-month, hands-on education programme for young architectural and building professionals. Beth will undertake this prestigious and long established training scheme alongside her fellow 2019 Scholars – Christian Montez, architect; Daniel Shemming, surveyor; and Holly Spilsbury, architect.
There is no parallel in the architectural conservation world to the annual SPAB Scholarship. Since 1930 the Lethaby Scholarship has offered an unrivalled training opportunity to architects, surveyors and engineers in the early stages of their career to travel countrywide together, learning on site from architects and specialist craftspeople working in building conservation.
The first six months will follow a programme arranged by the SPAB, predominantly undertaken on site through visits guided by experts. The final three months (the Plunket Scholarship) give Scholars the opportunity to explore in depth a theme of their choosing relating to the history, arts and allied crafts of the country house.
Scholars observe and experience traditional techniques and sympathetic repair in situ and visit structures of every age, size and style. The SPAB favours a hands-on approach, giving Scholars the chance to try a variety of traditional craft skills.
Beth’s passion for historic buildings and places developed from her first undergraduate placement at Harrison Brookes Architects, through postgraduate study and now in her current role at Caroe Architecture. She has a great interest in the story of historic places, enthusiasm to learn traditional crafts, and eagerness to understand how to appropriately care for historic fabric.
Following the completion of the nine-month programme of site, workshop and studio visits across the UK, Beth is excited to return to Caroe Architecture and put her learning into practice.
More information about this unique opportunity can be found on the SPAB website:
Beth will also be updating her online blog with news throughout her conservation journey with the SPAB: