Design Organizations in the United Kingdom

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  1. RIBA


    The Royal Institute of British Architects, one of the most influential architectural institutions in the world, has been promoting architecture and architects since being awarded its Royal Charter in 1837.

    Category Architecture Organizations

  2. Design Council

    Design Council

    Design Council's purpose is to make life better by design. We are an independent charity and the government's advisor on design. Our vision is a world where the role and value of design is recognised as a fundamental creator of value, enabling happier, healthier and safer lives for all. Through the power of design, we make better places, better products, better processes and better performance.

    Category Design Organizations

  3. D&AD


    D&AD is an educational charity that represents the global creative, design and advertising communities. Since 1962, D&AD has set industry standards, educated and inspired the next generation, and more recently, has demonstrated the impact of creativity on enhancing business performance. After over 40 years, D&AD remains the only association that embraces the full communications mix and recognizes the increasing importance of integrated communications.

    Category Communication Design Organizations

  4. British Institute of Interior Design

    British Institute of Interior Design

    The British Institute of Interior Design is the pre-eminent professional organization for interior designers in the UK. Our growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. The BIID is committed to encouraging and supporting creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities, and education.

    Category Interior Design Organizations

  5. Association of Illustrators

    Association of Illustrators

    The Association of Illustrators was established in 1973 to promote illustration, advance and protect illustrators' rights and encourage professional standards. It has successfully increased the standing of illustration as a profession and improved commercial and ethical conditions of employment.

    Category Illustration Organizations

  6. SBID


    The Society of British and International Design (SBID) is one of the UK's leading accrediting bodies for the interior design profession. SBID protects the reputation of design practitioners around the world by promoting education, sustainability and professional conduct. Designed for Business, we are committed to facilitating business relationships between accredited designers and quality manufacturers, and through our accredited CPD program, keeping design professionals up-to-date with the most relevant industry knowledge. SBID is the national design organization representing Britain in Europe at the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA).

    Category Interior Design Organizations

  7. Chartered Society of Designers

    Chartered Society of Designers

    The Chartered Society of Designers is the professional body for designers with members in over 30 countries. It is the world's largest chartered body of professional designers and is unique in representing designers in all disciplines, supporting them 'From Learning to Earning.'

    Category Design Organizations

  8. Design Business Association

    Design Business Association

    The DBA champions the transformative power of design, promoting its strategic and economic value to business and government. As the industry's trade association we represent a vibrant community of design agencies and design-centric businesses. Together we are the collective voice for design.

    Category Design Organizations

  9. RIAS


    The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland was founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost architectural professional institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment. The RIAS has charitable status and offers a wide range of services and products for architects, students of architecture, construction industry professionals and all those with an interest in the built environment and the design process.

    Category Architecture Organizations

  10. RSA


    The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce is a London-based, British organisation committed to finding practical solutions to today's social challenges.

    Category Art Organizations

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    beam, a creative organisation based in Wakefield, Yorkshire, is dedicated to the imaginative understanding and improvement of the public realm - our urban and rural streets, buildings, parks, housing estates and public spaces. beam operates nationally, regionally, and locally, offering professional services and programmes in education and training, community engagement, project management, consultancy & research, public art in all media, conferencing and events.

    Category Urban Design Organizations

  12. BREEAM


    BREEAM is the world's longest standing and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable development and demonstrates a level of achievement.

    Category Sustainable Design Organizations

  13. United in Design

    United in Design

    United in Design is a charitable organization set up to address the lack of diversity within the interior design industry. Through partnerships with established educational programs, industry professionals and sponsors, the intention is to provide a clear road map for increased diversity in all sectors of the industry -design studios, makers, suppliers to individuals and magazines.

    Category Interior Design Organizations

  14. The Building Centre

    The Building Centre

    The Building Centre exists to promote innovation in the built environment. First established in 1931, the organisation has since developed to become a not-for-profit dedicated to providing education, information and inspiration to all sectors of the built environment as well as the general public. Our building on South Crescent, Store Street, in central London, is open to all involved in architecture and construction; it is a place where you can learn and develop knowledge and join the ongoing debate about the built environment.

    Category Architecture Organizations

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    Design History Society

    Design History Society is the leading organisation for design historians, curators and practitioners. Founded in 1977, the Society works nationally and internationally to promote and support the study and understanding of design history. Its activities are focused on consolidating the teaching of the subject in universities and colleges, and demonstrating the widespread cultural and economic significance of design history.

    Category Design Organizations

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    International Society of Typographic Designers

    The International Society of Typographic Designers establishes and maintains typographic standards within the professional design and education communities, through the forum of debate and design, and by publishing and promoting the highest quality contemporary practice amongst its international membership.

    Category Typography Organizations

  17. CIAT


    The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the lead qualifying body for Architectural Technology and represents those practising and studying within the discipline. CIAT qualifies Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, and professionally qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT.

    Category Architecture Organizations

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    Institution of Structural Engineers

    The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world's largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering. The Institution is an internationally recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment.

    Category Engineering Design Organizations

  19. UK Green Building Council

    UK Green Building Council

    UKGBC is uniting the UK building industry using sustainability as a catalyst to positively transform the places people use every day. A charity with over 400 member organisations spanning the entire sector, we represent the voice of the industry's current and future leaders who are striving for transformational change.

    Category Sustainable Design Organizations

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    Austrian Cultural Forum London

    The Austrian Cultural Forum London promotes cultural contacts between the UK and Austria by organising events and supporting artists and projects in the fields of music, performing arts, visual arts, literature, film and science. We provide a venue in central London for recitals, lectures, readings, film screenings, conferences and exhibitions, while also cooperating with various partners throughout the UK.

    Category Art Organizations

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    Institution of Engineering Designers

    The Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) is the UK's only professional body representing those working in the field of Engineering Design. Our members work in a diverse range of industries that span product design, architecture, mechanical, automotive and aircraft design, design education, IT and computing.

    Category Engineering Design Organizations

  22. CPHC


    The Centre for Printing History and Culture is a joint initiative between Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham and consists of researchers, heritage professionals and librarians. It seeks to encourage research into all aspects and periods of printing history and culture, as well as education and training into the art and practice of printing.

    Category Print Design Organizations

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    Anti Copying In Design (ACID) is a membership trade organisation, set up by designers for designers. By helping its members to understand and protect their rights, ACID is intent on stamping out intellectual property rights abuse. ACID provides an accessible, practical framework for those who believe that their IP rights have been infringed.

    Category Design Organizations

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    Anti Copying In Design

    ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a membership trade organisation, set up as a round table action group in 1996, by designers for designers. ACID is a hard-hitting action group committed to fighting intellectual property (IP) theft and the promotion of IP as a positive commercial force.

    Category Design Organizations