This is the second year that SPACES have sponsored the young visionary award, as a society we really want to encourage younger professionals to bring new ideas and experience that can enhance our overall objectives of:
- Promoting buildings in local authorities together with high standards of practice
- Sharing knowledge and experience and developing the skills of our members
- Representing the interests of members to other organisations and the industry
We had a range of nominations from different backgrounds, all were asked to write how they had met specific objectives around commitment, development and involvement in the wider industry. The competition was again high this year which was great to see such good work being carried out by our younger professionals.
Winner – Gemma Taylor, Employer Atkins
Runner up – Laura Morris De’ath, Employer Concertus
Runner up – Joshua Sandbach, Employer Pick Everard
Gemma Taylor of Atkins
Gemma’s nomination is exemplary; her own career has progressed with her becoming a trusted professional to her clients. Her work to close the skills gap will provide enormous benefits to the industry and her STEM ambassador work shows how committed she is to making a real difference to the same. She is a real champion and we congratulate her on winning this year’s young visionary award.
Laura Morris De’ath
Our panel were impressed with Laura’s hard work to gain promotion to senior designer within 9 years moving from small to large projects, seemingly unafraid to test and push herself forwards. She is a good team player and an asset to her team. Laura has taken the steps to engage with local schools giving career talks to highlight our industry. We hope Laura stays a member of Spaces and encourages other young people into the industry. Well done.
Joshua’s outstanding comments from his client showed his level of commitment to delivering an excellent quality of service to those clients. His mentoring of other members of his team is commendable and it is not surprising that he has progressed quickly through this career. We wish Joshua well in his continued success and well done to achieving this award.