In 2017, Gloria Trevisan and her fiancé Marco Gottardi, young and talented graduate architects from Italy, came to London to find work and were delighted when they found an affordable flat on the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower.
Peregrine Bryant Architects Ltd had, shortly before the fire, offered a job to Gloria and she had started work with them. The practice was naturally devastated by her death and that of Marco and we mourned the loss of two fine young people whose work was indeed full of promise.
But out of the grim horror of the disaster, we and many others were keen to bring to fruition some small good and to this end established a memorial fund in their name to provide an annual award to help talented young Italian graduates, interested in conservation, as they were, to come to this country to study and work.
Our aim is to raise a sufficient sum to fund an annual award of £7,500. For this we need to raise in the order of £250,000. The award will offer financial support for travel and accommodation costs and also provide:
Work experience in both architectural and structural engineering conservation practices as well as spending time with Historic England, an internship with the National Trust, The Landmark Trust and other bodies involved in the conservation of historic buildings in the UK
If, as we hope, we are able to raise more funding, we will either provide an additional award or, alternatively, set up a reciprocal award to help young UK conservation graduates to visit and study in Italy.
But we have sufficient funds to launch the award this year and in June we selected our first GeM Scholar from a shortlist of 6 excellent conservation graduates from IUAVin Venice. Giulia Pannocchia arrived at the end of August and is now embarked on a programme of work and study as outlined above.
Any donation, however large or small, would be very much appreciated.
The fund will be administered by the SPAB – Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and donations are invited online by clicking here or directly to:
The SPAB, GeM Award
Bank account name: The SPAB
Sort Code: 20-69-15
Account Number: 40216100
Reference: GeM Award 3503
For BACS payments, the above reference is critically important
Cheques should be made out to The SPAB, with the Ref. GeM Award 3503 written on the back, and posted to:
37 Spital Square
London, E1 6DY
Gift Aid will be applicable to donations by UK Taxpayers, which boosts donations by 25p in the £1. If you are able to Gift Aid your donation, kindly complete the form below and either scan and email it to GeMaward@peregrine-bryant.co.uk or post it to the SPAB, address above. Download GiftAid form