The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (the ‘Company’) is a modern livery company of the City of London. The overall objective of the Company is to promote the development and advancement of the science, art and practice of architecture in the City of London the UK and globally. The Company was founded in 1985 and granted livery status in 1988. It ranks 98th in the order of precedence for the City of London Livery Companies.The Company currently has around 250 members, including 175 liverymen. It includes members from many of the leading architectural practices in the UK, widely acknowledged for their design excellence, both nationally and internationally, as well as past and serving RIBA Presidents. Most of its charitable work focuses on promoting architecture and architectural education, including sponsoring and mentoring students and, in the future, apprentices. The Company supports education through awards and prizes as well as through a range of charities related to the City.
Benefits of Membersip
- Opportunities for sponsorship and support, primarily through the WCCA’s Charity, including Legacy funding for Part II students; Travel prizes; Drawing prizes; Awards and Bursaries, including subsidies to participate in Company social events and formal Livery events.
- Opportunities for Mentoring by a practicing Architect who is a member of the Company and for engagement with other students from a range of Schools of Architecture.
- Networking and Personal/Professional Development opportunities, including monthly Practice visits; an Annual Lecture by a leading practitioner and two Architectural study weekends each year; usually one study weekend takes place in the UK and the other overseas.
- Fellowship and friendship through an annual programme of prestigious Livery dinners, lunches and other informal social events.
- Promotion of the profession through the City Building of the Year Awards and our initiative to position London as a ‘Global Hub’ for architecture.
Current projects and key activities
- Publication and promotion of our acclaimed new book ” The Livery halls of the City of London”
- The granting of a Royal Charter by Her Majesty the Queen
- Establishment of an independent Charity, Temple Bar Trust, to lease and manage ‘the Architectural Gateway to the City,’ Temple Bar in Paternoster Square, next to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Stuart Murphy Travel Award
The WCCA Travel Award has been offered annually since 2008 by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, with the support of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The Award provides an international travel grant to a student; or a group of students enrolled in a RIBA-validated Part 2 course in a School of Architecture in the Greater London area. The objective of the Award is to allow a student or a group of students to conduct research on the topic and in the location of their choice. It is hoped that the research will enrich the Award holder’s studies in the field of Architecture contributing to the development of their course work as well as to the advancement of architectural knowledge.
One or more awards of up to a total of £2,000 are made to a student or a group of students.
The travel, which must take place outside the UK, will be concluded in no longer than two months; and will take place during the summer holidays following completion of the first year of a Part 2 course and prior to enrolling in the second year of the course.
The successful applicant/s will be asked to produce a report of the project; this can be but does not have to be part of a dissertation. Awardees will be asked to produce one bound copy of the final report which will be kept in the RIBA British Architectural Library.
Eligibility: Enrolled in the first year of a RIBA Part 2 course in the Greater London area.
Winners receive: Up to £2000
Application Deadline: June
Award presented: Election Court Dinner, July
Jonathan & Victoria Ball Drawing Prize
The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects is offering drawing prizes to students from the London Schools of Architecture.
The aim is to encourage excellence in traditional drawing, but computer generated images will also be considered. Schools are invited to submit one drawing for RIBA Part 1 and one for RIBA Part 2. The first prize is £300, with a runner up of £150, in each category.
All entries will be exhibited at the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects’ Election Court Dinner at RIBA Headquarters, 66 Portland Place on Wednesday 3rd July 2019.
Eligibility: Part 1 and Part 2 Architecture Students from London Schools of Architecture
Winner receives: £300
Runner(s) up: £150
Application deadline: June
Award presented: Election Court Dinner, July
Assael Architecture Award for Tenacity
The Assael Architecture Award is designed to recognise tenacity and is to be given to a student who has pursued a successful course of architectural study in spite of hardships and obstacles, including poverty, physical handicap, mental health issues, family tragedy, personal difficulties or any other reason that the School or Architecture and the Trustees of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects consider valid, that shows remarkable resilience and tenacity in completing their educational studies.
Eligabilty : Eligibility is restricted to a student from a London university who has graduated at Part I.
Winner receives: £1,500
Runner(s) up receive: £500
Application deadline: end of August
Award presented: Installation Lunch, September
David Hubert Bursary
Following the death of Liveryman David Hubert in August 2017 the Company of Chartered Architects Charitable Trust Fund has received £125,000 as a legacy.
This legacy enables the Company to award up to £2,500 a year to a student undertaking their Part 2.
Details for the application process and award amount are being finalised. Contact the Clerk for more information.
Transport Futures Award
The WCCA Transport Futures Award is given to any student of Architecture at any level for the project, either design or research which best advances future mobility in the built environment. There is an annual prize donated by Weston Williamson and Partners of £1,500 and a runner up prize of £500.
Since designing the Jubilee Line Station at London Bridge over 30 years ago Weston Williamson have continued to be involved in some of the most important city shaping transport projects in the UK and abroad. In addition we are passionate about envisaging what the impact of future technologies will be on the built environment. We are involved in exciting research projects studying the way we will move between and around our cities. Chris Williamson is leading a Design Think Tank at the London School of Architecture on this topic.
With our passion for Transport and our concern for the environment we are sponsoring an annual award for any Architecture Student given on behalf the Company of Architects one of the Cities Livery Companies for any project which best advances any aspect of future thinking which will attract people out of their cars onto safe efficient well designed transport systems. It could be a new design for a Bus Rail or Metro Interchange or a research project. The inaugural winners received their prizes at the awards Lunch held on 23rd September 2021.
The WCCA is open to new members, visit our page to find out about how to become a member and the process.
The WCCA supports students throughout their studies including apprentices.
Our annual Building of the Year awards showcase the best new Architecture in the City.
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