Help Transform The Architecture Centre

We need to raise £25,000 to transform our building into a new venue. Help us create a home for design & influence the future of your city.


This summer we’re transforming our building on the harbour into a vibrant home for design. A new venue for Bristol and a place where you can come and influence the shape of your city, take part in debate and find out what is happening around the world.

Design has a profound effect on all of us every day, and all of us need to be involved in the design conversation. From our communities to the climate emergency, from the shape of our homes and our hospitals, to our parks & green spaces, the design of the world around us affects all our lives.

We’ve raised 80% of the funds and need your help to raise an extra £25,000 to make this a reality.



On the ground floor we’re creating a new design-themed café-bar ‘The Architect’ where you can come meet with like-minded creatives, relax on a new terrace with a drink and take in the views of the harbour.

You can come and take part in our new events space on the ‘Involve’ first floor, a space for workshops, public talks and the control room for the 1,000 volunteers that come together to make Bristol Open Doors festival happen, opening up the city’s secret spaces and hidden history.

Helping young people have a say in the future of our city

The Involve first floor will be home to Shape My City, our diverse talent acceleration programme for young people interested in architecture, landscape and design.

  • Every year talented 15-18 yr olds from across Bristol get access to unique opportunities to develop their career.
  • The Shape My City programme takes inspiration from aspiring architect Stephen Lawrence.

Your Pledge Rewards

We’d love your help in making this transformation happen for Bristol. We’re offering a tantalizing range of rewards from enjoying a coffee on the newly created terrace, to the naming of the new education ‘Involve’ first floor.

Enjoy an annual pass to our talks programme, pick up a limited ‘The Architect’ tote bag when you buy a sundowner on the deck, and don’t miss out on exclusive opportunity to have your name engraved one of thirty bespoke diamond-shaped brass tiles, and become a permanent fixture of the building.

Joining as a an Individual or Business Member is a fantastic way to support us and enjoy a year’s worth of benefits.

How Your Funds Will Help

You’ll help create a world class venue for design and placemaking venue for Bristol. Work is ready to begin and we’re planning to open the cafe and bar this summer.

  • Your funds will help us create an outdoor terrace overlooking one of the best views of Bristol, and new doors to open up the venue.
  • It will fund the design-themed and bespoke brass topped bar, art deco themed lighting and stylish seating to create an welcoming place for creatives and communities to gather.
  • You’ll be funding an interactive screen for our awarding-winning talent development programme, Shape My City.

Employing Local Creatives
In a challenging time for the sector, this project creates opportunities for local artists and designers. We are working with local illustrator turned art director Gemma Randall (His Dark Materials, BBC) on interior designs, and using a team of local makers, designers and craftspeople to inspire the transformation.

Restoring our Heritage
We need your help to breathe a new lease of life into our 18th century former warehouse, situated in the heart of Bristol’s historic docks. We’re restoring this buildings heritage and sturdy maritime character, revealing more of the old features, including the stone walls and wooden beams, giving it a new contemporary twist.

Help us transform our building on the harbour into a vibrant home for design.

We can’t wait to welcome you back into our new building.

Thank you for your support.