Sir Donald Insall

  • Consultant, Founder

Architect and Planner, Founder, Donald Insall Associates Ltd
Founded practice in 1958 (Chairman 1958–1998), now Consultant

Appointments include:

  • Member of the UK Council, the International Council on Monuments and Sites.
  • Member of Advisory/Fabric Committees, Westminster Abbey, and now Southwark and Canterbury Cathedrals. Member of Architectural Advisory Committee, the World Monuments Fund (UK).
  • Vice President (1994–), The Building Crafts and Conservation Trust (previously Trustee from 1990 to 1993).
  • Council Member, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (1979–2005).
  • The European Commission: Expert Committee on the European Architectural Heritage, Brussels.
  • President (1994): the Association for the Study of the Conservation of Historic Buildings (ASCHB).
  • Architect Member of HM Government Inquiry: Fire Safety in the Royal Palaces (1993).
  • Founder-Commissioner, The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission (English Heritage); and Member of the Commission’s Historic Buildings Advisory Committee and Historic Areas Committee (1984 to 1989).
  • Patron: the Bedford Park Society; the Kew Society, the Environmental Trust for Richmond-upon-Thames.


  • “The Care of Old Buildings Today” (1972)
  • “Living Buildings. Architectural Conservation: Philosophy, Principles and Practice” (2008; reprinted 2018)


  • D.Arch (University of Chester) 2012
  • LL.D. (Bristol) 2004
  • The Royal Warrant Holders: Plowden Medal 2001
  • APT International: Harley McKee Award 2000
  • Europa Nostra Medal of Honour 2000
  • RICS People in Conservation Medal 2000
  • Honorary Freedom: The City of Chester 1999
  • RIBA Neale Bursar 1955
  • Banister Fletcher Medallist 1949


  • Knighthood 2010
  • CBE 1995
  • OBE 1981
  • The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1977