12 July, 2023
Let’s give it up for Design Director, Philip Henshaw!
Award-winning Maris Design Director selected as judge for the next generation of architectural talent

Maris Design Director, Philip Henshaw, is not only a talented designer, but a passionate educator. Having trained as an architect, he is dedicated to supporting his alma mater, the Welsh School of Architecture, returning each year to support with external examinations. Now, as a past winner of the prestigious National Eisteddfod Architecture Scholarship, he has been chosen, along with two other past winners, to judge three prizes for the National Eisteddfod festival this year.

The National Eisteddfod Architecture Scholarship is designed to further the career of a leading light in the next generation of architectural talent. The winner of the scholarship is expected to present a visual essay to be displayed at the next Eisteddfod festival, a huge, national event dating back to 1176 and celebrating the culture and language in Wales. 

Philip will be judging:

  • The Gold Award for Architecture: Awarded to the architect responsible for a building, or group of buildings, recommended to the Eisteddfod as being of greatest merit.
  • The Plaque of Merit: To honour smaller projects of a high standard of design.
  • The Architecture Scholarship: Awarded to the most promising candidate
  • to enable him/her to further his/her understanding of creative architecture. 

The Gold Award is the main prize of the event, and he has been spending time, alongside the other judges, visiting all three shortlisted buildings, including a guided tour of the developments by their architects. The winner will be announced at the festival in August.

Philip says: “Being guided around these incredible projects was an awesome experience – they are all stunning and completely different from one another.

I think it’s so important working in this industry to be involved in the next generation of talent – nurturing students, being inspired by them, and remembering the importance of the design narrative.

There’s a fantastic energy amongst students, sometimes because of the naivety, and as designers we need to remember that alongside all the rules and requirements of the job. We teach students, but they also teach us. It’s a privilege to be involved in the awards and I look forward to the announcement of the winner in August.”