Built environment professionals
The Architecture Centre's principal aims are to demonstrate the value of good design and, by increasing people's awareness and enjoyment of their built environment, to stimulate the demand for design excellence.
The Centre was founded by the architectural community in 1996, as the Bristol Centre for the Advancement of Architecture and we have since developed a diverse programme for a wide audience. The Centre is part of a network of 23 architecture centres in the UK, and we were joined in the South West in 2006 by the Architecture Centre for Devon and Cornwall, with whom we collaborate regularly.
The Architecture Centre offers a variety of training and professional development opportunities – both formal and informal and our events programme, aimed at both public and professional audiences, includes workshops, talks, lectures and critical debate.
We work in partnership with regional agencies and professional institutions in the region such as the RIBA and the RTPI, and nationally with CABE.
Our Design action programme offers support to local authorities, client bodies and built environment professionals. It focuses on the achievement of design excellence in the South West region, encouraging sustainable approaches to architecture and design.
We are working with CABE to develop training programmes for Building for Life assessment and the use of the Manual for Streets.
The best way to keep abreast of our activities is to subscribe to our fortnightly newsletter and to support the Centre through our membership schemes.