Sir Donald Insall CBE FRIBA RWA is an award-winning architect, described as 'one of the leading conservation architects of his generation' (Queen's Birthday Honours List 2010), and a prolific artist. This diverse exhibition will feature Sir Donald Insall's evocative watercolours and sketches.
Sir Donald Insall comes from a Bristol family who for most of a century ran a portmanteaux and leather goods manufacturing company (address: Drawbridge, St Augustine's Parade - or what is now part of Bristol's City Centre). He studied at the RWA School of Architecture (since Bristol University), the Royal Academy and the School of Planning in London and was Lethaby Scholar of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He founded his own architectural and planning consultancy in 1956 named Donald Insall Associates, whose practice has included town-centre studies, civic, university, domestic and other buildings, notably in conservation of historic towns and buildings, including the restoration of the ceiling at the House of Lords, and of Windsor Castle after the fire. His consultancy's projects have included the refurbishment of the Courtyard at Somerset House, the Memorial to King George VI and His Queen, and most recently, the restoration of interiors at London's celebrated Cafe Royal.