Welcome

This is the homepage of the Worcestershire Society of Chartered Architects.  We are the local branch of the RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects.

We are a community of architects representing and promoting architects and architecture in Worcestershire.

We aim to champion the achievements, promote the successes and nurture the talents of the present and future architects of Worcestershire and contribute to raising the standard of architecture across the county.

News

We are pleased to launch the Worcestershire Architecture Awards.  Entries are now closed for the 2017. All of this year’s entries can be viewed online by clicking here.

Winners will be announced after the free, public exhibition of entries on Saturday 26th August 2017 at the Guildhall, Worcester.  For more details see the awards page.

John Kirwan

8 May 1943 to 14 April 2017

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of John Kirwan, an architect who made a significant contribution to the profession in the West Midlands.

John had an exciting start to his career with a year spent in the New York office of Aldo Giurgola before returning to the UK and spending almost a decade working in Local Authorities.

Having become very involved in multi professional working John then became a tutor in the Birmingham School of Architecture. He relished the challenge of using words and images to both question and communicate architectural ideas.

After taking a course on Historic Conservation, John set up and taught maters course in Birmingham until the age of sixty when he turned back to local authority working as a conservation officer.

Amongst his many activities John was on the steering group for MADE, on the Worcester Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee, on the RIBA regional CPD committee from 1987, editor and member of the RIBA Regional Yearbook from 1980 and chairman of RIBA West Midlands from 1999-2001.

He also undertook training so that he could be a volunteer counsellor for people needing to talk.

A service of celebration and thanksgiving for the life of John Kirwan will be held on Wednesday 10 May at 3.15pm at St Martin’s Church, London Road, Worcester WR5 3ED.  You are invited to stay for tea, coffee and cake afterwards.  Ruth has requested a ‘jolly’ dress code.  All welcome.

Digital Drawing Archive

Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association (BFCAA) digital drawing archive. 800 archived drawings have been digitalised, led by Barrie Hall, and are held by the BFCAA Trust on behalf of all the West Midlands RIBA members and regional branches. The content of the collection is available for use and can be found at www.bfcaa.uk with questions or thoughts direct to Barrie jbhall@yourdreamnet.co.uk