Technical Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by EN:Able Futures CIC
Winner: Laura McClorey, nominated and employed by FaulknerBrowns Architects
This individual expressed a keen interest from a young age in how buildings are built, work and benefit the community. Despite challenges along the way, they have achieved their ambition and were awarded the Best Student on their course at Newcastle University.
Following a brief stint in a research organisation, they were offered an apprenticeship role in construction and quickly showed a passion for Social Value and Corporate Social Responsibility. The Corporate Social Responsibility group they set up has recently delivered its first annual report. They are currently conducting research into the RIBA’s Social Value Toolkit for Architecture and are leading the adoption of the toolkit’s principles on future projects. Getting involved in local communities is important and they have set up focus groups to give people a voice. They are a company advocate for wellbeing and even delivered online yoga sessions and designed a primary school sensory garden. They have contributed towards the RIBA’s ‘Study Architecture Well’ guide and mentor Part 1 students.