This annual award is given to an individual or group who have given exceptional support to the Architects Benevolent Society. The winner is selected from a number of supporters who have dedicated time and effort into supporting the Society. The deserving winner of the 2018 award is Ian Maskell.
On 6th May 2017, Ian decided to challenge himself by travelling from the London Eye to the Brighton i360 in his wheelchair, an amazing 100 miles along a flat waterside route.
Ian, a successful Chartered Architect, was involved in a serious cycling accident which changed his life forever. He was thrown from his bike and paralysed from the waist down. The Architects Benevolent Society was able to step in and purchase a lightweight adjustable wheelchair for him. This helped Ian become more independent and he was able to get out and enjoy his love of the outdoors again.He set off on this challenge at the London Eye and crossed the fin
ish line in Brighton on 23rd May, 18 days later, to be congratulated with cheers from friends and family, ABS staff, and local press.
The Architects Benevolent Society is dedicated to helping architects, assistants, technologists, technicians, landscape architects, and their families in times of need. We help people of all ages who have experienced illness, accident, redundancy, unemployment, bereavement or other personal difficulties. Our support ranges from confidential advice to financial assistance.
The WCCA award plate has been designed exclusively for Ian Maskell by WCCA Deputy Master Peter Murray of New London Architecture.