Calling all architects and building professionals – have you got what it takes to be a 2018 SPAB Scholar?

“From challenging personal conservation philosophies to trying out traditional crafts under the guidance of master craftspeople, the SPAB Scholarship has exceeded all expectations.” – 2016 Scholar, Gethin Harvey (architect).

The search is on for up to four architects, building surveyors or engineers to become part of the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) Lethaby Scholarship 2018. This is a training opportunity like no other. After completing the nine-month programme, previous SPAB Scholars have gone on to become experts in their field – some are cathedral architects, some look after palaces, National Trust houses and English Heritage sites.

The Scholarship is open to architects, building surveyors and structural engineers who have completed the college-based part of their courses (e.g. RIBA Parts I & II for architects), ideally with two or three years work experience. The programme is organised and administered by the SPAB and will be of particular interest to early career professionals with a passion for historic building conservation.

Successful applicants will visit some of the country’s most fascinating built heritage projects to deepen their knowledge of historic buildings and explore the challenges surrounding their conservation. We aim to give our Scholars first-hand experience of conservative repair in action; they will be meeting professionals involved in the full range of building management issues, working on site and in workshops and studios throughout the UK. Scholars spend the first six months travelling from site to site together, in the last three months they study, together or apart, aspects of the nation’s country houses.

If shortlisted, all candidates must be willing to attend an interview in London at their own expense. Commitment to the Scholarship is full time, including some weekends, and it is impossible to combine it with any other form of study or employment. Candidates should be aware that there will be long periods spent away from home. The programme runs from mid March to early December 2018. There are no course fees as training and administrative costs are borne by the SPAB. Successful candidates will each receive a bursary in the region of £8,500 toward their basic travel and living costs.

SPAB is inviting applications now for the 2018 Lethaby Scholarship. For further information or to obtain an application form, please visit our website (http://www.spab.org.uk/education-training/scholarship/) or email: education(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)spab.org.uk.  The closing date for applications is 1 December 2017 and interviews will be held at 37 Spital Square, London in January 2018.