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Our registered charity number is 272099, and our premises are Eagle House, 167 City Rd, London EC1V 1AW. 

We are guided by the following objectives: 

  • The advancement of British industry and public services by the improvement of design in their processes, products and services

  • The protection, enhancement, improvement and revitalisation of the natural and built environment (including architecture) 

  • The advancement of the education of the public in such subjects and in subjects relating to sustainable development* and sustainable living 

  • To promote study and research into the value of design and to actively disseminate the results to the public at large 

*For the Design Council, sustainable development means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. 



We are an independent charity and the UK’s national advisors on design. Our income is derived from a combination of grants, partnerships and commissioned, paid-for services. 

A key element of our activities is a grant programme we deliver for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This grant is to make the case and grow the market for design in areas of the economy where it is underused. We do this by building the evidence base about the value and impact of design and using our national remit to provide knowledge and insight on design from across the country. For full details of our accounts, please see our annual reports above.