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Design Council

Design Council
Design Council at 407 St John Street
Founded 19 December 1944 (1944-12-19)
Founder Hugh Dalton
Registration no. 272099
Focus Design
Area served
United Kingdom
Method harness design to drive business growth and improve service efficiency; design practical solutions to complex problems; create better, more sustainable places; lead and share the latest thinking on design[3]:3–4
Key people
Chair Martin Temple[1]
Chief Executive[1] John Mathers[4]
Subsidiaries Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, Design Council Enterprises Limited[1]
Expenses £8,649,000[5]
Mission To champion great design that improves lives[3]:1
Website .uk.orgdesigncouncil
Formerly called
Council of Industrial Design

The Design Council, formerly the Council of Industrial Design, is a United Kingdom charity incorporated by Royal Charter.[6] Its stated mission is "to champion great design that improves lives and makes things better".[7] It was instrumental in the promoting of the concept of inclusive design.[8]

The Design Council's archive is located at the University of Brighton Design Archives.[9]

The Design Council also runs two subsidiaries, the Design Council Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Design Council CABE) and Design Council Enterprises Limited.[1]


  • The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment 1
  • History 2
    • The Design Centre 2.1
    • The Design journal 2.2
  • Awards given 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

The Design Council Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (DC CABE[10]), also variously called Design Council CABE,[11] CABE at the Design Council,[12] or often simply CABE,[13][14] is one of Design Council’s two subsidiaries. It supports communities, local authorities and developers involved in built environment projects[15] by providing services in three areas: design review, customised expert support, and training and continued professional development (CPD).[16] These services are supported by a network of Built Environment Experts (BEEs),[14] a multidisciplinary team of 250 experts from “architecture, planning and infrastructure backgrounds, as well as academics, health specialists, and community engagement workers”.[15]

Design Council CABE, which is intended to be run as a “self-sustaining business”,[17] was formed on April 1, 2011 from about 20 staff from the original CABE after it was merged with the Design Council.[18] The BEE network was formed in 2012.[11][15]


The Design Council started on 19 December 1944 as the Council of Industrial Design (COID), founded by Hugh Dalton, President of the Board of Trade in the wartime Government.[19] And its objective was 'to promote by all practicable means the improvement of design in the products of British industry'.

S. C. Leslie, the Council's first director, played an important part in the

  • Official website
  • Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives
  • Design Council YouTube channel

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e "Design Council Annual Report and Accounts For the year ended 31 March 2013" (PDF). Design Council. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ "272099 – Design Council: Contact & Trustees".  
  3. ^ a b c Davids, Kim (January 31, 2014). "Summary Information Return 2013" (PDF).  
  4. ^ "Executive Team". Design Council. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "272099 – Design Council: Charity Overview".  
  6. ^ a b "272099 – Design Council: Charity Framework".  
  7. ^ "Design Council facilitates City scholarship".  
  8. ^ Clarkson, John;  
  9. ^ The University of Brighton Design Archives: Design Council Archive
  10. ^ Temple, Martin (28 July 2011). "[CABE is now part of the Design Council]" (PDF) (Letter to Alireza Sagharchi). Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Design Council Cabe recruits Built Environment Experts (BEEs)". Neighbourhoods Green. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ Thompson, Max (April 16, 2014). "Stellar list of architects join new CABE review panel".  
  13. ^ Mark, Laura (February 14, 2013). "Cabe updates design review guidance".  
  14. ^ a b "A guide to our Built Environment Experts (BEEs)". Design Council. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c "Network of Built Environment Experts launched". Architects Choice. 2012. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Built Environment". Design Council. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ Fulcher, Merlin (December 5, 2012). "Cabe boss steps down".  
  18. ^ Waite, Richard (February 18, 2011). "CABE merge: ‘reset button’ for design review".  
  19. ^ McDermott, Catherine (1992). Essential Design. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. p. 81.  
  20. ^ a b c "Our history". Design Council. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  21. ^ "The Design Centre".  
  22. ^ Whitworth, Lesley (2006). Hausman, William J., ed. Inscribing Design on the Nation: The Creators of the British Council of Industrial Design (PDF). Business History Conference (2005) 3. Minneapolis, Minnesota. p. 1.  
  23. ^ a b "Design Council Archive". University of Brighton. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b c  
  25. ^ Benton, Charlotte (January 1994). "The Future Design Council by John Sorrell". Journal of Design History ( 
  26. ^ "Design Council Enterprises Limited 07211046".  
  27. ^ Design Council (September 2012). "Annual Report and Accounts For the year ended 31 March 2012" (PDF). p. 5. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Our finances". Design Council. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  29. ^ "Design Council and CABE confirm merger". Planning magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Design Council Commission For Architecture And The Built Environment 07580913".  
  31. ^ a b Ford, Simon; Davis, John. "Design Council Slide Collection: an online guide to the resource".  
  32. ^ "Design : the journal of the Design Council". WorldCat.  
  33. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (October 30, 2007). "The long, quiet death of the Design Council".  
  34. ^ "Design / [Periodical]". Library Catalogue.  
  35. ^ "British Design Awards 1987".  
  36. ^ Temple, Paul; Swann, Peter (June 1995). "Competitions and Competitiveness: The Case of British Design Awards".  


  1. ^ See EC1V under EC postcode area


See also

The Council has hosted the British Design Awards, with the 1987 logo rights being co-owned with Manchester Metropolitan University.[35] It was suggested in 1995 in Business Strategy Review magazine that the awards made suitable benchmarks, contributing to industrial competitiveness.[36]

British Design Awards logo

Awards given

Between 1949 and 1999, the Design Council published Design (ISSN 0011-9245), a “well-regarded magazine of its own”[32][33] The journal ceased publication after the summer issue of 1999.[34]

The Design journal

After the Design Council’s restructuring in 1994, the Design Centre became closed to the public. The Design Council continued to operate from the Design Centre until 1998.[31]

The Council under Russell combined exhibitions with product endorsements, direct services to industry, commercial publishing and retail.[20]

Sir Gordon Russell, who was heavily involved in the 1951 Festival of Britain, examined ways to reform the education and training of new industrial designers. The Design Centre, in London's Haymarket, was officially opened on 26 April 1956.[31]

The Design Centre

On 1 April 2011, it ceased to be a non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and became an independent registered charity, although it continued to receive grants from the Department.[3]:5[24][28] It also officially merged with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) on the same day[29] although Design Council CABE was incorporated four days earlier.[30]

On 1 April 2010 it incorporated a subsidiary trading company called Design Council Enterprises Limited[26] to transact “fundraising activities that are not primary-purpose charitable activity.”[27]

In December 1994 it underwent a restructuring,[23] which resulted in its function being changed from being both an advisory body and a provider of goods and services to being primarily strategic, with a mission “to inspire the best use of design by the United Kingdom in the world context, in order to improve prosperity and wellbeing”.[20][25]

The Design Council was incorporated as a registered charity by Royal Charter in 1976,[6][24]:12 although it continued to operate as a non-departmental public body.[24]:50


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