C20 Society SW Region

Committee members

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 Griffiths

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.

Samantha Barnes  

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 currently works as an adviser for Historic England in the West region.

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.

Robert Dowden

Robert is most interested in interwar architecture but is fast appreciating post war as well as interesting modern architecture.

He is a keen amateur photographer and particularly enjoys taking images of structures in sometimes exotic and challenging areas of the world.

He runs a holiday let business and focuses on twentieth century buildings.

Sally Sutton.

Sally is a fully funded Doctoral Researcher in the Architecture Department at the University of Plymouth. She is investigating the relationship between architecture and water, with the intention of contributing new understandings of community and creativity along and on the banks of selected rivers. Full biog to follow.