architectural artist and illustrator

Copyright 2014 Brian Percival

Watercolours of vernacular and heritage buildings

Brian Percival

Brian studied at Oxford School of Architecture for 6 years, being awarded a first for his final year thesis 'Towards Environmental Conscious Archtecture', before becoming a Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


He worked in the Oxford area for 3 years before moving to Devon in 1975 and

co-founded 'Trewin Design Partnership' a few years later. Clients included the 'Forestry Commision', 'South West Water', the 'Bideford Bridge Trust' and the

'Duchy of Cornwall' amongst many others. The practice specifically advised  the latter two on conservation and the development of their vernacular and historic buildings.

Brian continued as a senior partner for the remainder of his career until his recent retirement.


He started painting watercolours for pleasure in the late 1970s and found the medium served him well when illustrating architectural projects, over and above the technical drawings required for building purposes.


He and his wife Wendy have moved many times over the years, renovating and restoring old thatched cottages and barns, all within Devon. They retired to their present thatched cottage, in a beautiful village right in its heart, (described by one friend recently as 'middle earth') from where Brian draws much of his inspiration.

Worlington Hill dawn November Worlington Hill in the snow Beech Cottage 1 Sitting_at_easel_2