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 MCABE 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 .
  • However, 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.
  • My career began as an apprentice carpenter and joiner, but due to the recession of the late 1980’s I am pleased to say it progressed from the wet and cold of site into a warm 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 smallprint… As well as being a Chartered Surveyor, I am a licensed BREEAM and Code Assessor and undertake Environmental and Energy Assessments of new developments and refurbishment projects. I also specialise in Conservation and the repair and improvement of many historic and listed buildings. I am a Panel Consultant to the National Association of Almshouses and an Approved consultant for the Diocese of Truro for which I 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. 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.
  • I do admit to being somewhat of a perfectionist, but have been astonished to find that no-one is perfect, even me! Therefore I adopt a very positive and proactive approach to problem solving, and in the true context of a Chartered Building surveyor I can honestly say that I have discovered there is more to life than just finding defects!
Associate Director
Jason Wickett
MCIAT
  • Jason is a qualified Architectural Technician and is a registered member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). He has 20 years of experience working within an architecture practice.
  • Jason has also been promoted to the role of Associate Director, he joined the practice in 1988 as a trainee architectural technician. He has had the opportunity to gain valuable experience which has led to recognition as a member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.
  • His qualifications and experience make him an invaluable member of the team. With Jason’s experience spanning two decades he has worked on numerous major projects for some of the practices most prestigious clients.
Associate
Ben Savage
BScHons MCIAT
Consultants
Alf Trewin
MIAS MCABE MaPS
David Savage
Pg Dip Arch Cons MRICS MCIAT
  • A Corporate Member of the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors; The Association of Building Engineers and The Association of Planning Supervisors. He is the lead Partner appointed 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, to create buildings “that people really want and on a human scale”. The practice was founded in 1972 by Alf, who over the past thirty years, has provided the practice with his individual design abilities and a detailed knowledge of the planning process to ensure projects are developed to a high standard.
  • A postgraduate in Architectural Conservation and a Member of the British Institute of Architectural Technicians (CIAT), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS and a Member of The Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB). He is also a Panel Consultant of the National Association of Almshouses and is a Member of the Institute of Historic Building Consultants.