C20 Society SW Region
Tony Stokoe Chairman
Tony qualified with a BA in 3D Design specialising in furniture and started his working life with G Plan Furniture in High Wycombe when they were producing furniture that is now regarded as mid century modern at its best. He went on to work in shop-fitting and store design, working in London for retailers such as Cecil Gee and Lord John in the swinging 70s and early 80s. Tony then set up an exhibition and event design consultancy, designing a modular system for exhibition stands which gained the Design Council ‘kite mark’. He has designed exhibitions stands for companies such as Novell and Ericsson in the high-tech industry and in the food and wine sector for Laithwaites and the Sunday Times Wine Club, designing every aspect of their Wine Festivals for over 20 years. He is very enthusiastic about C20 architecture, and has organised walking tours for the Society looking at examples of the period in west London.
Tanya is a Chartered Architect with over 14 years of practice experience. She worked at Foster and Partners for 10 years and became an associate working on major public buildings and private residences including for the Foster family in Europe. Her specialist areas of expertise in architecture include high specification, complex public buildings, technical facilities including, digital media, primary and specialist healthcare facilities and historic building conversion. She also has expertise in design review, design enabling, procurement and community consultation practice and has successfully secured HLF and Arts Council funding for capital and community projects.
Tanya is a Trustee and former Chair of the Plymouth Arts Centre and a Director on the Board of Architecture Centre Devon and Cornwall.
She has recently achieved distinction in her MSc in Sustainable Heritage at UCL. Her area of research is sustaining the heritage of the C20th.
Judith Anthony Secretary
Judith initially studied architecture at Cambridge, and subsequently qualified as a town planner at UCL. Apart from a brief spell working in San Francisco, and later at the Greater London Council, her first major role was as Principal Planner at her Harrow Coucnil, where she specialised in conservation and promoted additional listings and conservation areas. She subsequently worked for the Corporation of London during “Big Bang”, when crucial decisions were being made about the relative value of old and new (e.g. No 1 Poultry), and then as Chief Planning Officer, Hertsmere BC (helping to protect Elstree Studios, and other C20 gems). Currently involved in local architectural and art groups, and in arranging events e.g. visits to the challenging and long-running repair work at Castle Drogo.
Following a BA degree in Art History and reading for an MA in Art Gallery Studies in Manchester, Sam undertook a work placement in Manchester, compiling a Conservation Management Plan for the Town Hall Complex – and hasn’t looked back. Through contacts made during an opportunity to research Board Schools in Manchester for the Victorian Society, resulting in a publication in 2008, provided an insight into the decades following the 19th century. Sam worked for the Architectural History Practice for almost four years, with a two year Traineeship with English Heritage and a MSc in HIstoric Building Conservation reinforcing her passion for the historic environment, particularly of the 19th and 20th centuries. A Cornish maid by birth, Sam returned to the South West in 2012 and worked as a Project Officer for the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty until August 2016. She is currently replenishing her architectural passion through her independent heritage consultancy which works throughout the south west of England.
Geoff Stow Treasurer
Geoff has had a long term interest in modern architecture and design since building his Walter Segal designed house in London. He is also very interested in self build housing and environmental building issues. With his partner he likes travelling to cities with interesting buildings.