About Derek Trowell Architect
I Trained as an architect. However, my passion is for both architecture and landscape — the two are inseparable.
Great architecture encompasses many things, not least the impact buildings have on their setting. It takes full account of surrounding and far reaching environments. Successful architecture engenders wellbeing in those who use spaces and places created.
Too often I see projects where an opportunity to create something special has been missed. Thinking laterally opens doors to possibilities others may have overlooked: There might be a chance to introduce new landscapes; to create natural habitats where before none existed; to make the project environmentally sustainable as a fundamental design principle, not an aside; to offer benefits to those using the space not previously considered.
I work collaboratively with landscape designers, artists, sculptors, ecologists and environmentalists: many of my projects often involve more than one of these disciplines.
An important part of my practice is teaching — at Leicester, Sheffield and now at Nottingham University, and as a Professional Examiner at Greenwich University.
I find it difficult to respond the question "What do you do?" Projects undertaken are varied: The British Library — London. The British Council — Romania. An artist’s studio — Wirksworth. Conversion of a Napoleonic prison — Derbyshire.
Current projects are equally varied. For example, the conversion of a telephone exchange into an art gallery and a heem house on the Lincolnshire coast.