FOUR young architects of the future are being mentored by a Charmouth-based practice specialising in the care a repair of historic buildings.

Kin Sankey of Angel Architecture is working with the third-year students as part of a mentoring scheme managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It provides practical preparation for undergraduates in their career and personal development.

Kim said: “I was honoured when RIBA South West approached me and asked me to be part of their mentoring scheme. I am very committed to supporting talented young architects.”

The students are David Johnsey, Waldo Olwage, Matthew Feitelberg and Olympia Tinari, and three of them have already visited several buildings that Angel Architecture has worked on, including the former Methodist chapel at West Bay, which is now a visitor centre.

David said: “I found the intervention at the West Bay chapel particularly interesting. The oak frame insert as the entrance to the chapel and the delicate steel tiles that span the width of the building, compliment the original structure that Kim has sympathetically restored to reflect what was originally there.

“It was intriguing to see the two different approaches that Kim has taken to regenerate the building and fantastic to see such a great response from the building’s new occupants.”

Kim founded Angel Architecture in 2014, having spent 30 years working with old buildings in the UK and abroad, and for almost 10 years she was head of design and conservation at West Dorset District Council.

The firm specialises in old and listed buildings and those in historic settings.