Awards 2017 – Young Visionary

This new award for SPACES seeks to recognise the contribution of those relatively new to the industry in delivering some fantastic projects. We received 15 nominations in this first year of the award which goes to show how much we value the contribution of these individuals.

Winner – Matthew Symonds, Hampshire County Council
Runner ups – Kirsty Pesticcio and Sophie Smith, Atkins

Matthew Symonds, Building Surveyor, Hampshire County Council.
Matthew started his career as an apprentice 10 years ago with Hampshire County Council and has progressed to Senior Building Surveyor obtaining AssocRICS status. Over the last three years he has led a £900,000 school refurbishment programme. He is always willing to take on new challenges and has been commended for his dedication and ability to help and develop new surveyor’s graduates and apprentices. Matthew has been successful at mentoring; sharing skills and knowledge under his leadership. Upskilling the industry from within.

Kirsty Pesticcio, Architect, Atkins Ltd.
Kirsty is praised for her professionalism and positive problem solving attitude, which has seen her develop successful strong relationships with clients. She has acquired a varied experience on student housing and education projects within the public sector. Her recent role includes the architect project for a new £10m building for the University of South Wales. Kirsty has a strong ethos to public architecture ‘for the public good’ and has published an article for AUDE on the University of South Wales scheme highlighting the role of university as ‘a service provider and stimulator of community and social empowerment – a powerful catalyst for change.’

Sophie Smith, Building Surveyor, Atkins Ltd.
Sophie began her career as an apprentice at Gloucester City Council. She completed her degree in Building Surveying while working as Contracts Officer in the housing sector for Stroud District Council. Her dedication to give back to the industry and make a difference includes giving talks to schools and colleges, writing articles for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and launching a female friendly safety shoe. She currently runs the Women’s Professional Network Mentoring Scheme for Atkins.