This is the homepage of the Worcestershire Society of Chartered Architects.  We are the local branch of the RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects.

We are a community of architects representing and promoting architects and architecture in Worcestershire.

We aim to champion the achievements, promote the successes and nurture the talents of the present and future architects of Worcestershire and contribute to raising the standard of architecture across the county.


Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2019

The winners of the Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2019 were announced on Thursday 15th August at the WSCA Summer Party.  The winners and all of the entries can be viewed on our awards pages.

  • Victoria Road, Osbornes Chartered Architects

All of the entries will be exhibited at a free public exhibition at The Guildhall, Worcester on Saturday 17th August 10am-4pm as part of the Worcester Festival.  A selection of entries will be exhibited at The Hive, Worcester in September 2019 – more details to follow.

Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2018

  • St Johns Almshouses – KKE Architects COMMENDATION

The Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2018 were presented during a public exhibition at The Guildhall, Worcester on Saturday 25th August 2018.

All of the entries and winners can be viewed here.

Coverage of the Awards can be viewed here.

Stanbrook Abbey talk and Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2018 launch


Join us from 6pm at Stanbrook Abbey on Wednesday 30th May 2018 for an inspiring talk by Phil Howl about this Worcestershire Architecture Award winning project. Phil will tell us about the conservation and restoration work Howl Associates (http://www.howl.co.uk/projects/stanbrook-abbey) have completed, along with a new extension, all part of a project to convert the abbey into the hotel, wedding venue and conference facility that it is now. There will also be a short guided tour of key spaces.

Following the talk, exciting information about the Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2018 will be announced. Refreshments will be provided, and some of the Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2017 entries will be displayed for you to peruse at your leisure.

For more information on the Stanbrook Abbey talk and Awards 2018 launch event and to confirm attendance – click here.

For more information on the Worcestershire Architecture Awards – click here.

John Kirwan

8 May 1943 to 14 April 2017

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of John Kirwan, an architect who made a significant contribution to the profession in the West Midlands.

John had an exciting start to his career with a year spent in the New York office of Aldo Giurgola before returning to the UK and spending almost a decade working in Local Authorities.

Having become very involved in multi professional working John then became a tutor in the Birmingham School of Architecture. He relished the challenge of using words and images to both question and communicate architectural ideas.

After taking a course on Historic Conservation, John set up and taught maters course in Birmingham until the age of sixty when he turned back to local authority working as a conservation officer.

Amongst his many activities John was on the steering group for MADE, on the Worcester Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee, on the RIBA regional CPD committee from 1987, editor and member of the RIBA Regional Yearbook from 1980 and chairman of RIBA West Midlands from 1999-2001.

He also undertook training so that he could be a volunteer counsellor for people needing to talk.

A service of celebration and thanksgiving for the life of John Kirwan will be held on Wednesday 10 May at 3.15pm at St Martin’s Church, London Road, Worcester WR5 3ED.  You are invited to stay for tea, coffee and cake afterwards.  Ruth has requested a ‘jolly’ dress code.  All welcome.

Digital Drawing Archive

Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association (BFCAA) digital drawing archive. 800 archived drawings have been digitalised, led by Barrie Hall, and are held by the BFCAA Trust on behalf of all the West Midlands RIBA members and regional branches. The content of the collection is available for use and can be found at www.bfcaa.uk with questions or thoughts direct to Barrie jbhall@yourdreamnet.co.uk