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architecture & design

DCMS has responsibility for architectural design. We aim to raise awareness about the importance of good architectural design in defining our environment, and encourage high standards of design quality in building projects.


We encourage a general enthusiasm for good architecture and urban design, by promoting better education, public debate and more public participation in the processes by which architecture and urban design quality are determined. We are also committed to developing young people's awareness of architecture and the built environment.


DCMS is the sponsor department for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the Government's independent champion for architecture and urban design in England.


Heritage Minister Andrew McIntosh has announced the publication of  an independent report into issues relating of interest and compliance with the Nolan Principles by CABE. Publication: CABE Audit of Conflicts of Interest June 2004. [17 June 2004] 

Heritage Minister Adrew McIntosh announces independent audit of conflict of interest issues at CABE. [15 March 2004]

Loos, nicks and comps all welcome for this year's Better Public Building Award - 2004 Application Entry Form now available to download from the Better Public Buildings Website. [1 March 2004]

CABE announces important changes in Commissioners roles. [3 February 2004]

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CABE began work in September 1999 as national champion for architecture in England; Better Public Buildings initiative launched in October 2000.

Good architecture and urban design can have a major effect in lifting the quality of our cities; good for encouraging regeneration and reducing social exclusion.

The Prime Minister has expressed a particular wish that public buildings should once again become exemplars for others to follow, making a positive contribution to improving the quality of our environment.