Department for Culture Media and Sport

architectural design

We are responsible for the quality of architectural design in England. Good design in the built environment is important for strong cultural, social, economic and environmental reasons.

Good design can have a positive effect on commercial productivity, public service delivery, and how people feel about their quality of life. It can improve the environmental performance of buildings and places and promote sustainable ways of living.

We raise awareness about the importance of good architectural design and encourage high standards of design quality in building projects, particularly public ones. This includes parks, open spaces and overall environmental quality.

High standards of architectural design are promoted through the

The Design Council-CABE

Part of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) merged with the Design Council on 1 April 2011 to form Design Council-CABE, bringing together two world-class centres of design excellence to promote design and architecture for the public good. The merged Design Council now acts as the voice of architecture and design, placing them at the heart of Britain’s social and economic renewal.

CABE was dissolved on 21 January 2012, and its past work and publications are available on the CABE archived website.

Engaging Places

CABE also managed Engaging Places, which promotes education throughout the built environment. This was transferred to Open City Architecture on 30 September 2011.

See also the Henley Review of Cultural Education in England.

Better Public Building

The winner of the 2011 Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award was the London 2012 Velodrome.

Listed buildings

Our Historic Environment section gives information on listed buildings of historic or architectural interest.