The British-Italian Society is supporting a new Award for young Italian graduates set up in honour of two young Italian architects, who died tragically in the Grenfell Tower fire. The Society has made a donation. We hope that you will also consider contributing to this worthwhile initiative. Please read on.
Gloria e Marco Award
Gloria Trevisan and her fiancé Marco Gottardi, young and talented graduate architects from Italy, came to London to find work earlier this year, and were delighted when they found an affordable flat on the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower.
Peregrine Bryant LLP 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 mourn the loss of two fine young people, whose work was full of promise.
But, out of the grim horror of the disaster, we and many others are keen to bring to fruition some small good. So we have proposed a memorial fund in their name. This will provide an annual award to help talented young Italian graduates, interested in conservation, as Gloria and Marco were, to come to this country to study and gain experience.
Our aim is to raise a sufficient sum to fund an annual award of £7,500. For this we will need to raise in the order of £250,000. The award would offer financial support for travel and accommodation costs and would also provide:
- work experience in both architectural and structural engineering conservation practices, as well as spending time with Historic England, the Landmark Trust and other bodies involved in the conservation of historic buildings in the UK;
- attendance at relevant conservation courses, including the RICS/SPAB Conservation Summer School in September and the SPAB’s Repair of Historic Buildings Course in October.
If, as we hope, we are able to raise more funding, we would either provide an additional award or, alternatively, set up a reciprocal award to help young UK conservation graduates to visit and study in Italy.
The idea of this award is supported by the other practices that employed Gloria and Marco during their time in London, by their families and friends, and by their University, the IUAV in Venice, with all of whom we are liaising closely in developing the award.
Our intention is to offer the award to a conservation graduate from IUAV in 2018. We will seek applications early next year with a view to making a final selection in the Spring, so that the first successful applicant can come to the UK for a two to three month visit between August and November.
This will offer a great opportunity to broaden the skills and experience of outstanding young Italian graduates in architectural conservation, and will be a lasting and fitting memorial to the lives and talents of Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi so tragically lost on the night of 14 June this year.
Any donation, however large or small, would be very much appreciated.
The fund will be held and administered by The SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings). Please make your donations to:
The SPAB GeM Award
SPAB Sort Code: 20-69-15
Account Number: 40216100
Reference: GeM Award 3503 (for payments by bank transfer it is critically important to include this reference)
Please make cheques out to The SPAB, with the Ref. GeM Award 3503 written on the back, and send to:
37 Spital Square
Gift aid will be applicable to donations by UK taxpayers. We will send Gift Aid forms for completion.
If you have any questions in connection with this appeal please contact Adesola Adeyemi or Laura Morgante at:
Peregrine Bryant LLP
London SW6 6EA
Tel: +44 20 7384 2111