Published on 3rd January 2017
Architect Gethin Harvey has returned to the practice after a year spent as a SPAB Scholar. Since 1930 the The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has organised a unique nine month training programme in practical building conservation. The Society feels that the best way to learn about construction methods, building materials, their performance and the range of methods of repair available today is out on site.
Three or four scholarships are awarded each year, depending on funding available. Nicholas Warns was a SPAB Scholar and is also a current SPAB Guardian. Under Nicholas’ mentorship, Gethin has been exposed to the SPAB approach to the repair and conservation of historic buildings. He is keen on the range of projects, philosophies, techniques and skills the Scholarship programme offers. Attendance at events such as the SPAB Repair Course and Stone Repair Masterclass impressed on him the amount of knowledge gained from discussions with craftspeople and site workers. On a research project investigating the integration of bio-climatic strategies into existing urban environments, Gethin explored a range of contemporary techniques, and how modern technologies and softwares may be appropriated for use within a historic context.
To read more about the Scholarship & Fellowship programme visit here.