The Team

Trewin Design Architects has a reputation as one of the leading rural architectural practices in the South West.
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The Team

The Practice includes Chartered Architects, Chartered Surveyors, Architectural and Planning Consultants, Architectural Technicians and Support Staff who are able to offer a full range of Professional Services related to building design.

We have built up a solid reputation for being able to provide practical design solutions sympathetic to the immediate environment within urban or rural settings, throughout the Southwest. There are three Directors, one Associate Director and two consultants within our practice.

Directors
James Trewin
BA(Hons) DipArch (London), RIBA Architect
Matthew Payne
TCIAT
David Tithecott
Dip Surv FCABE MRICS
  • A few words from our “chief-of-colouring-in”…. I developed a passion for architecture whist being ‘dragged’ up in wild west of Cornwall. Buildings (and shoe making) are in my blood – my father being a successful designer (and before that my grandfather; a cobbler). As a young boy I watched my father at his drawing board using seductive instruments, producing exquisite hand drawings. I began working in his practice at the tender age of 13, printing plans and have now worked in the industry for over 25 years.
  • Fortunately, I found favour with my Cornish elders who decided to send me on a journey of discovery. I ventured far and wide and eventually settled in the big city to learn. And learn I did. Today as “chief-of-colouring-in” at Trewin Design, I’m involved in every part of the design process; from meeting clients, instigating ideas, through to working with the contractors on site. I’m determined to cherish and evolve the company’s successful heritage with every project that I sign off, but want to ensure a unique and original design each time too. Tradition and family ties are strong and I still share my Grandfather’s passion for well made shoes!
  • James Trewin has been in a senior role in the firm for over ten years and is a Chartered Architect who specialises in master planning of mixed use schemes. He trained at the University of Westminster gaining a distinction and also becoming an RIBA Silver Medallist. He went on to work with historic building specialists Inskip + Jenkins Architects which included the £22m restoration and refurbishment of Somerset House, London. James also worked with for internationally acclaimed Architects, MacCormac Jamieson Prichard (MJP).
  • James was instrumental in the design of the nationally acclaimed Broadclose Housing Project for 173 new homes which received the Housing Design Award for Best Affordable Housing Scheme.
  • My passion for understanding how things fit began at a young age. I would spend hours taking things apart in my father’s shed. Unfortunately I thought I could do this with everything and it was not always with the ‘householder’s permission’ and to this day I still owe my mother a Vacuum cleaner! As a result of this particular incident, a visit to casualty was necessary as one of the critical screws was missing. Fortunately an X-Ray identified the precise location of the vital screw and it arrived back with us a couple of days later! However, this experience resulted in somewhat stricter supervision was placed on me, just to make sure that the rest of the home appliances remained intact.
  • In 1993, following the successful completion of my A levels in Art, Design and Geography at Budehaven 6th form in Cornwall, I joined Trewin Design and my career as an Architectural Technician began. I was offered a traditional apprenticeship with a 4 year day release course at Exeter College, workingin a busy drawing office for and with a number of talented individuals from various backgrounds all of which were happy to share their knowledge me. You’ll be glad to know that, in the office, I have always managed to keep my desire to take things apart in check, much to the delight of our IT partners!
  • Over the years I have been lucky enough to work on many interesting and varied projects, including everything from small domestic extensions to large residential developments and commercial buildings. In the last few years my main area of work has been in the social housing sector. The fast pace, financial constraints and technical challenges make this work thrilling. In my opinion there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a completed scheme being occupied, when you can stand back and proudly acknowledge that you were a significant part of its creation.
  • I continuously seek to improve and generate better house layouts and styles through applying my technical knowledge and practical thinking. My wife and children experience this first hand on a regular basis as I continuously shift furniture around in my own home to create new perspectives!
  • Working with a wide variety of clients, I am always thrilled when I am trusted to just ‘get on with the job’. Leaving it to the experts is something that I have now learnt to do with domestic appliances!
  • Unlike my fellow directors I was not born with a crayon in my hand and for my sins specialise in the not so pretty world of problem-solving, report writing and technical analysis. In short, I am the principal surveyor at Trewin Design Architects and provide a professional Building Surveying Service in support of the main Architectural core of the Practice across the South West.
  • I am a Panel Consultant to the National Association of Almshouses and an Approved consultant for the Diocese of Truro and undertake Quinquennial Inspections and give advice to Parochial Church Councils, local charitable organisations and trusts on the condition of their properties, both domestic and Ecclesiastical. I have extensive experience in Conservation and the repair and improvement of many historic and listed buildings.
  • In true team spirit, I do strive to be creative to the adaptation, refurbishment, and alteration of existing buildings together with providing sympathetic and practical solutions for their renovation, repair, and re-use.
  • Aided by my wry sense of humour (some apparently describe it otherwise!), I seek to create a harmonious and enjoyable work environment, forging friendly and personal relationships with work colleagues, fellow professionals, and clients alike.
  • My career began as an apprentice carpenter and joiner, but I am pleased to say it progressed from the wet and cold of a site into a warm professional office environment. I have been fortunate; or unfortunate, depends on which way you look at it, to have worked in both the public and private sectors, and in this time I have gained invaluable experience and skills over a large and diverse range of projects, throughout the South West. These include retail, leisure, healthcare, industrial and commercial developments as well as an extensive portfolio of residential developments. Each project tends to throw up new challenges and it’s how we interpret these and learn from them that inspires me.
  • Here’s the small print… As a Chartered Building Surveyor, I have many duties and am involved mainly with the technical design, specification and delivery of projects, as well as undertaking site inspections, reports, contract administration duties, pre-purchase house surveys, and condition surveys. I am also a Party wall surveyor and undertake Environmental and Energy Assessments of both new developments and refurbishment projects.
  • I do admit to being somewhat of a perfectionist, but accept that we don’t live in a perfect world and everyone is human. I, therefore, adopt a very positive and proactive approach to problem-solving, and as a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, I can honestly say that I have discovered there is more to life than just finding defects!
Associate Director
Jason Wickett
MCIAT
  • I’m a qualified Architectural Technician and a registered member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).  Having joined Trewin Design in 1988 as a trainee architectural technician, I feel that I have gained valuable experience and this has led to recognition as a member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.
  • A word used regularly when people describe me is ‘creative’ due to two of my passions outside of the workplace.
  • I am thrilled to hold the role of Associate Director at Trewin Design Architects.  Over the last three decades I have worked on many interesting projects, for some of our most prestigious clients. The master-planning of new developments throughout the south-west is now my main focus and role within the practice, creating quality residential developments that are in-keeping with local character providing safe, attractive, liveable and sustainable environments for everyone to enjoy.
  • First and foremost, I am an enthusiastic self taught baker, creating cupcakes, cakes and deserts for differing occasions, whilst drawing on my architectural training in using my attention to detail for my creations.
  • My other great love is gardening.  I achieve a huge sense of satisfaction in planning and designing outdoor modern spaces that can be used both functionally and for enjoyment. A small area of my own garden is set aside for some seasonal vegetable growing, with my daughters helping on occasion.
  • The future is looking really exciting for us and I am really looking forward to some new and challenging projects, which I’m certain our clients have lined up.
Associate
Ben Savage
BScHons MCIAT
  • I joined Trewin Design Architects in 2004 as a trainee architectural technologist, having previously studied engineering and Loughborough University. Since starting at Trewin Design Architects I have completed a HNC and a degree in Building Surveying at Reading University while still working full time. This combined with my experience and knowledge means I have now achieved chartered membership of the Charted Institute of Architectural Technologists and an Associate of Trewin Design Architects.
  • I have always enjoyed being involved with the latest technologies and have enjoyed the challenge that has come from moving our design system from 2D drawings to 3D computer generated models which can now be experienced in our office in the virtual world using the virtual reality headset.
  • Over the years I have worked on a wide range of different types of projects from small domestic extensions to large housing schemes and one-off prestige houses. Including several projects that have been shortlisted for LABC awards, one of which was Highly Commended.
  • Coming from a technical background I have always enjoyed looking for creative solutions to the challenges that some projects can provide.
  • In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and developing my creative skills with gardening and photography.
Architects
Anthony Vickery
BA(Hons), BArch
Lydia Rowe
BA(Hons), DipArch, RIBA Architect
Mark James
BA(Hons), DipArch
  • I studied architecture at Newcastle University where the way of working and testing ideas was excit­ing, whilst the variation in subject matter gave a hint at the broad range of knowledge required by an architect. The course allowed us time to think creatively, to collaborate and to learn from our peers. Part I was a real journey and by the end of the course I had put in more work than I had ever thought possible and the studio became a real hive of inspiration. It was a unique time and I tried representing my designs in just about every way possible from a perspex model filled with mud to a string outfit that was worn during a presentation.
  • After university I moved to Cornwall which allowed me to indulge my passion for the sea and countryside that had grown during my studies at Newcastle. I worked on a range of different scales from domes­tic extensions through to large master plans. These varied design challenges built upon my belief that good architecture can exist even on the smallest budget
  • Part II at Newcastle University was an entirely different experience and I was able to bring a greater level of work ethic to my studies. I explored how to reopen the mines in Cornwall, balancing this with the existing tourist use. The landscape inspired me and my repre­sentation techniques were able to draw on the beauty of the setting.
  • With my Thesis Project I decided to step out of my comfort zone and confront the mundane call centre. The project was directed at com­mercial architecture with moments of design interest that could be achieved with subtlety within the most cost effective solution. At the outset of the project I used film and kinetic sculptures to investigate the project. Finding ways to add design delight with subtlety and within tight budgets has underpinned my ap­proach to working in practice.
  • I then studied part III at Oxford Brookes University and qualified as an Architect. My job offers a fantas­tic work life balance and the size of the practice has enabled me to work through all stages individually and to oversee the design on larger projects as part of the design team. My goal is to ensure that I remain a well-rounded member of the team that can work across a variety of scales and client types producing exceptional built work.
  • Having always had a passion and enthusiasm for art and design and driven towards a profession, as soon as I had my first taste completing work experience in an architect’s office I was hooked at a young age to pursue a career in architecture.
  • After working in the North Devon area for several years I joined Trewin Design Architects in 2014 having previously worked for the practice while studying seven years prior.
  • I studied in the South West, being very fond of the West Country and not wanting to go far from the shire!! Very much a rural family country girl at heart. I rapidly progressed through the 7 years of architectural training required to become an architect, being the first in my university’s year group to become qualified in 2009 aged just 25.
  • As an architect, I am very much focused on improving the built environment through quality and innovative design solutions. I have a range of experience working on both traditional and contemporary designs largely in the residential sector. My ambition is to improve and enhance the built environment and people’s quality of life through built form, no matter the scale of the development proposed. The environment and quality of space we live in can be life-changing. My work is most rewarding when I deliver a quality scheme that improves the end users quality of living and ultimately makes people happy.
  • I like to think I break the ‘norm’ in terms of the typical misrepresented image and attitude of the architect. I focus on a friendly, positive, down to earth approach when working with my clients, always focusing on delivering high-quality service and beating expectations.
  • I am currently working on my own ‘grand designs project’ designing and building my own rural home, every architect’s dream! This is a valuable opportunity where I am experiencing all aspects of the building process. After living on site alongside the build I am very much now looking forward to moving in!!
  • Upon moving to Trewin Design I brought with me and have implemented within the practice Autodesk Revit a 3D software package. This enables our clients to interact and visually explore the 3D built form. BIM and computer technology is an ever-changing and progressive tool in our industry. At Trewin Design we like to think we are at the forefront of this.
  • When not working I mostly enjoy family time having fun with my young twin girls, who are my pride and joy.
Consultants
Alf Trewin
MIAS MCABE CbuildE
David Savage
Pg Dip Arch Cons
  • Alf is a Consultant to the practice and the founder of Trewin Design. He is a Chartered Building Engineer, originally a Corporate Member of the incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors since morphed into The Chartered Association of Building Engineers.
  • The practice was founded in 1972, since then and over 45 years Alf has provided the practice with his individual design abilities for small and large projects of which many have been recognised with design awards. His detailed knowledge of the planning and development process ensure projects are developed to a high standard with careful consideration to form and materials to reflect the architectural vernacular of the area.
  • For over twenty five years he was the lead partner appointed as a consultant to the Duchy of Cornwall with the task of overseeing architecture and development in Cornwall, Devon and the Isles of Scilly, in accordance with the wishes of HRH Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, to create buildings “that people really want and on a human scale”.
  • David is a Consultant to the practice after being a Partner in the company for many years and he is a postgraduate in Architectural Conservation.