A scholarship set up in honour of two young Italian architects who died in the Grenfell Tower fire has named Giulia Pannochia as its first winner
The graduate of Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV), the same university where Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi studied, will come to London in September for the three-month scholarship.
The annual Gloria e Marco (GeM) Award was set up by Peregrine Bryant – the conservation architect who employed Trevisan for a few days before her death – in association with the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings, IUAV, and the couple’s families.
Pannochia, 25, who was chosen from a shortlist of seven graduates from IUAV in a two-stage process, said the award was a great opportunity to ‘broaden her horizons’.
She added: ‘I hope to have the opportunity for the first time to gain hands-on practical experience of repair methods of old buildings and to learn more about British architecture with its eclectic combination of styles.’
The graduate will spend her time at a number of heritage organisations and practices, including Bryant’s own practice, and will keep a diary of her experiences.
Bryant said all of the applicants were of a ‘high standard’ but Pannochia stood out with the quality of her computer graphic images and the ‘independence of spirit’ she showed in her decision to explore the old Marconi building for her thesis rather than a project suggested by tutors.
Bryant said the families of Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi ‘wholeheartedly support’ the project and had attended the announcement of the winner in Italy.
’Nothing can replace the loss they have had but I think and hope they see it [the award] as something positive that will maintain the memories of their lives and talents,’ he added.
Giulia Pannochia’s drawing of the old Marconi building near Livorno