The Architecture Centre supports local authorities, client bodies and built environment professionals to help them achieve design excellence and encourage sustainable approaches to architecture and design.
The Centre manages the Bristol Urban Design Forum, a group of design and environment professionals who offer peer review on significant development proposals in the city. Established in 2007, the BUDF follows the model of design review panels promoted by Design Council CABE.
The Architecture Centre offers a variety of training opportunities, both formal and informal. Our events programme provides professional development opportunities and we also organise conferences, study tours and other forms of training. Collaborative projects have included the Design Champions programme and a major conference on health and the built environment.
The Architecture Centre is part of Design South West, an alliance of organisations who promote design quality in the built environment, coordinated by Creating Excellence. The Centre also works in partnership with professional institutions (such as the RIBA, CIBSE, ICE and RTPI); with Bristol City Council on their City Design Initiative; and with the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.