Donald Insall Associates

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Chartered Architects and Historic Building Consultants
Practice information
Key architectsSir Donald Insall
LocationLondon, Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Chester, Conwy, Manchester, Oxford
Significant works and honors
BuildingsWindsor Castle post-fire restoration
Palace of Westminster
Westminster Hall
Chester Cathedral
Cardiff Castle
Hotel Café Royal
Regent Street Conservation Plan
Trinity College, Cambridge
Hampton Court Palace
AwardsOver 200, notably:
The RIBA Building of the Year, Wales (2014)
The RIBA Award for Architecture for Windsor Castle (1998)
Europa Nostra Medals of Honour (in 1983, 1989, 1999, 2000 and 2006)

Donald Insall Associates is a firm of architects, designers and historic building consultants.

They have worked on contemporary and historic listed buildings, monuments and sites throughout Britain, and at UNESCO World Heritage Sites including The Palace of Westminster, Cross Bath,[1] the Tower of London, Kew Gardens and Caernarfon Castle.[2] They were involved in the restoration of Windsor Castle following the 1992 fire.[3] They have worked extensively in the adaptive re-use of historic buildings, contemporary interventions and new design. (Examples include the Copper Kingdom Visitor Centre at Amlwch, Anglesey.)

Sir Donald Insall founded the company during 1958 and was chairman until 1998.[4] He continues to act as a consultant. They continue to operate according to the methodology and philosophy established by Insall, as outlined in his 2008 book, Living Buildings.[5][citation needed]

They have won over 200 awards[6] for their work, including twice-winning the Europa Nostra UK Medal of Honour, (and recently the RIBA Building of the Year, Wales, for the Amlwch Copper Kingdom project.[7]

Donald Insall Associates are now majority employee-owned[8] and work from seven UK locations, as well as working internationally as both architects and consultants. Their principal office is at 12 Devonshire Street, London. They currently have branches in Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Chester, Manchester, Oxford and Conwy. In 2015 they were ranked number 39 in the Architects' Journal AJ120 list of largest practices in the UK.[9]

Major projects[edit]

Major projects include:

Public and Institutional[edit]

Arts: Museums, Galleries and Libraries[edit]

Religious Buildings and Sites[edit]


Research and Education[edit]


Donald Insall Associates’ members publish regularly.[citation needed] Major publications by the firm include:

  • The Care of Old Buildings Today
  • Living Buildings - Architectural Conservation: Philosophy, Principles and Practice.[5]
  • Chester: A Study in Conservation[10]

Academic Activities[edit]

Donald Insall Associates lecture at specialist conferences in Europe, the Americas and Far East.[citation needed] They have lectured regularly at[11]

  • Royal College of Arts
  • International Centre for Conservation, Rome University
  • Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • College d'Europe in Bruges.
  • Canterbury University


  1. ^ Carey, Peter (2007). "Reviving the Cross Bath". Building Conservation Online. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ CADW. "Archaeological Discoveries Uncovered at Caernarfon Castle". CADW. Retrieved 2015-08-11.
  3. ^ Nicolson, Adam (7 July 2015). "Restoration: the rebuilding of Windsor Castle". Google Books. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  4. ^ Horton, Mark (18 February 2004). "Donald Insall: Doctor of Laws". Public and Ceremonial Events Office. University of Bristol. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b Insall, Donald (7 July 2015). "Living Buildings: Architectural Conservation : Philosophy, Principles and Practice". Google Books. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  6. ^ Donald Insall Associates. "Donald Insall Associates Awards List" (PDF). Donald Insall Associates. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  7. ^ RIBA. "RIBA Awards Page: Amlwch Copper Kingdom )". RIBA. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  8. ^ Nuttall, Graeme (3 October 2014). "Tried and tested: Employee-Ownership Trusts". Field Fisher. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  9. ^ Architects Journal. "AJ 120 (2015) Practice Summary: Donald Insall Associates". Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  10. ^ Chester Chronicle. "Chester architect Donald Insall knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours". Retrieved 2015-08-11.
  11. ^ Royal West of England Academy. "Academicians Listing: Sir Donald Insall CBE FRIBA RWA". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-07-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)