IHBC 2020 Student Awards judge announced: SPAB Director Matthew Slocombe to select Gus Astley Award winner for £500 (& Brighton 2021)!

Matthew Slocombe, director of the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Building) will serve as the guest judge of the submissions to the 2020 IHBC Gus Astley Student Award, with winners receiving certificates and cash prizes (up to £500) as well as a free place at the IHBC’s Brighton 2021 School in June.

image: The SPAB

…we encourage and support all those who show interest and talent…

… sure Matthew will find the adjudication on the submissions a rewarding experience…

Matthew Slocombe said: It’s an honour to be involved in the judging of the Gus Astley award.  I knew Gus well and valued his contribution to both IHBC and SPAB.’

‘It’s also particularly important, at a time when it may be harder than usual for new graduates to find work in the profession, that we encourage and support all those who show interest and talent.’

Bob Kindred, Chair of the Gus Astley Trustees said: ‘I am delighted that Matthew has agreed to be Institute’s Guest Judge for the 2020 Awards.  Matthew – previously the SPAB’s head of casework – also is Secretary of the Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies and a member of the Conservation Committee of the Churches Conservation Trust, so he understands the sector ’

‘Having made an overview of the submissions, it is evident to me that many of the candidates this year have demonstrated a clear sightedness and undertaken thorough research into under-regarded aspects of heritage policy and practice.  I am sure Matthew will find the adjudication on the submissions a rewarding experience.’

Chris Wood, Chair of the IHBC’s Education Committee, said: ‘I’m delighted that the Gus Astley Trustees have managed to secure Matthew as the Guest Judge for 2020.  The considered approach and breadth of experience during his career to date will ensure a thorough and informed review of the submissions – good luck to him, and to all those submitting’.

See more background to the 2020 Awards

See more on the Gus Astley Student Award

See more on submitting online

For more on IHBC’s 2021 Annual School see brighton2021.ihbc.org.uk 

See more on the IHBC’s Annual Schools

See more on Matthew on the SPAB website

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