Our vision is for a Wales that is simply a better place.
The Design Commission for Wales was established by the National Assembly for Wales to promote good design.
We support local planning authorities, developers and clients to capture the value of high quality design for better outcomes and a better return on investment.
We nurture design talent for a skilled workforce, necessary for growth and innovation.
By promoting good design and communicating its benefits, we add value and help to support well-being and enhanced quality of life for the people of Wales.
The Commission knows that the costs of bad design represent a risk to developers and investors; reduces value for the public purse; undermines environmental quality, climate resilience, public health and well-being.
We know that good design:
Maximises efficiency and value for money.
Focuses on users, maximising ease of use, accessibility and inclusiveness.
Uses resources and energy efficiently, contributing to carbon reduction.
Has been shown to significantly improve patient recovery times in healthcare.
Has been shown to reduce the public health problems linked to poor housing.
Reduces maintenance, costly refurbishments and running costs.
Makes products, places and buildings more attractive.
Adds value and enhances public good.
Good design makes everything better.
The Commission promotes good design in four ways. Please contact us to find out how we can help you capture the value of good design.
The national Design Review Service provides opportunities for early consultation on plans and projects throughout Wales as well as access to expert input prior to the submission of planning applications.
Training for local authorities, professionals and practitioners as well as training and accreditation for Building for Life 12 Wales
Client support for commissioning clients provides help and guidance during the early stages of developing the brief and securing the right design team.
Events, publications and networks that raise awareness, stimulate wider debate and communicate the benefits of good design. Our HATCH network provides a platform for emerging design talent and fresh thinking shapers of the built environment.