Keith Williams keynote speaker at 2020 Civic Trust Awards

16 October 2023 : Keith Williams announces that he is standing down as Chair of the Civic Trust Awards National Panel

Keith Williams, pictured at the 2020 awards at the Imperial War Museum of the North in Salford, has announced that he is standing down as Chair of the Civic Trust Awards National Panel.

Keith’s statement reads…

“I have decided that it is time to relinquish my role as Chair of the Civic Trust Awards National Panel.  It has been my privilege to have served on the Panel for over 12 years, with almost 8 as its Chair, working with so many distinguished Panel members alongside Malcolm and Karen Hankey who run it.

During my tenure, we have reviewed some 2,000+ projects across the world and awarded or commended the very best. We have had to navigate some pretty choppy waters not least during the Covid -19 lockdown but I am pleased that I leave the Civic Trust Awards in a very good place and that I have been able to make my hopefully important contribution.

I have worked with so many brilliant people as fellow judges over that time including David Prichard my predecessor as chair, distinguished architectural critic Hugh Pearman MBE, Isabel Allen editor of Architecture Today, David Dropkin of Buro Happold, Phineas Harper of Open City, Ian Tuckett MBE of Coin Street Community Housing, Julian Robinson Director of Estates at the London School of Economics, Eleanor Young, editor of ribaj, John Davies, Head of Sustainability at derwent london and much valued long term sponsor, Martin Knight of Knight Architects, engineer Albert Taylor of aktii, Dominique Staindl PR consultant, and Clare Barton, a partner at architects Haverstock to name just a few. My apologies that I could not acknowledge everyone.

Founded in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards is Europe’s longest continuous built environment awards programme and one of architecture’s most prestigious awards and I will continue to support the Civic Trust Awards in different ways. I have no doubt that Civic Trust Awards will continue to flourish in the years ahead.”