About us

The built environment shapes our daily experience and has a profound impact on our health and well-being. It is the art form that is all around us and that we live with every day.

The Architecture Centre’s mission is to encourage the understanding and enjoyment of architecture and the wider built environment, and to champion better buildings and places for everyone.

Independent and not for profit, we inspire, inform and involve people in shaping great places:

  • Our public programme of exhibitions, learning activities and events includes the annual Bristol Doors Open Days festival.
  • We work with children, young people and families, providing opportunities for creative learning about place and active involvement in the built environment.
  • Through design support we make the case for high quality design and support decision-makers to achieve design excellence.
  • Through community participation we encourage people to get involved with their neighbourhood and shape their places for the better.
  • We also produce a range of resources to support learning  and promote design excellence – from school activities to online, film and audio.

Who we are

The Architecture Centre is a registered charity and company guaranteed by shares (constituted as Bristol Centre for the Advancement of Architecture Ltd). Founded in 1996 as the UK’s first architecture centre outside London, the Centre provides design review to Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council and has a funding partnership with University of the West of England.

The Architecture Centre has policies in place to ensure all areas of operation adhere to the highest standards. These include Child Protection Policy; Environmental Policy; Equality and Diversity Policy. If you would like more information on our policies, please contact us.

Our audited accounts are available from the Charities Commission and Companies House download.

Charity registration number: 290575
Company registration number: 01831268

“The Architecture Centre has done a brilliant job developing creative and artistic engagement with architecture over the last 20 years.  It is an organisation that consistently challenges itself to innovate, excel and take artistic risks, combining a passion for design excellence with a great track record for bringing people and places together.” Phil Gibby, Arts Council England