About Us

The Glass-House Community Led Design wants to make great places a reality for everyone.

We are a national charity dedicated to connecting people with the design of their places, and connecting design with people.

For the past 17 years, The Glass-House has worked to enable people and organisations to improve the design of their homes, open spaces, buildings and neighbourhoods. We provide hands-on support and training, share knowledge and learning, and inspire new thinking and debate through action research, events and resources.

 

WHAT WE DO

Champion

We are an independent advocate for the value of empowering design practices and for the importance of design quality and its effect on people’s quality of life.

Connect

We use design to bring people together to work collaboratively to improve their places and support local relationships and networks that help build community.

Empower

We empower people and organisations through design by building new skills and confidence that give people the agency to contribute to and lead inclusive local change.

Innovate

We test new ideas and methodologies with partners, projects and places and share what we learn to inform and innovate design practice.

OUR HISTORY

The Glass-House Community Led Design was conceived and initiated by The Glass-House Trust as an action research project. It was first led by the Architecture Foundation and National Tenant Resource Centre (now the National Communities Resource Centre) from 1999.

In 2006 we launched as an independent national charity and have since become a leading voice in the UK on the value of design practices in placemaking that involve and empower.

Since 2013, our work has been supported by a strategic partnership with the Open University’s Design Group. Our partnership innovates, supports and promotes community-led, participatory and co-design practice and research for the benefit of better places for all.

The Glass-House Trust continues to support The Glass-House Community Led Design.