Gibbons Award Winners to receive places at the Prince’s Foundation Summer School

Two first place winners in stone and wood of the Gibbons Tercentennial Award will be awarded places at the annual Prince’s Foundation Summer School in 2022. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to participant in this prestigious programme designed to develop knowledge of traditional architecture, design, building and repair techniques and how these can be applied in the 21st century. It brings together architects, craftspeople, designers and developers who are interested in building crafts and architecture, and how these factors respond to the local identity of historic contexts in a timeless and ecological way. The three-week programme of lectures, workshops, drawing & building exercises, and field trips will be split between Shoreditch, London’s creative quarter, and the spectacular 18th century stately home, The Dumfries House Estate in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Simon Sadinsky, executive director (education) at The Prince’s Foundation, said: “We would like to congratulate Grinling Gibbons Society on celebrating their tercentenary and we are pleased to have agreed a programme of collaboration with them throughout the coming year to promote and teach the practice of traditional skills, including offering them bursary funded places on our summer school.”

“Our training and education in traditional building skills centres on an interdisciplinary approach. Students are given a chance to not just hone their own skills but, through engaging with other trades, get a better understanding of how they fit into the wider built environment.”

Stonemasonry and woodcarving are two crafts taught and practised on a range of education programmes devised and delivered by The Prince’s Foundation to preserve traditional building skills.

Simon Sadinsky said: “Our programmes in traditional building skills reflect the passion of His Royal Highness to preserve historic crafts. We hope our charity president’s patronage of Grinling Gibbons Society can help build further awareness of the need for younger generations to learn and practise stonemasonry, woodcarving and similar crafts.