Our Centre

Every aspect of the work undertaken by The Architecture Centre aims to:

  • Widen public awareness
  • Develop understanding and appreciation
  • Demonstrate the value of good design
  • Encourage good practice

The Architecture Centre is the leading regional expert on engaging the public with the built environment and championing the creation of better quality neighbourhoods, buildings and public spaces. Based in Bristol and relating directly to that particular urban environment we respond equally to the needs of the wider South West region.

The Centre’s programme includes exhibitionsevents, lectures and critical debate, work with artists, and visits to inspiring buildings. Our learning programme delivers engaging built environment education to children and young people in the South West. We promote the value of good design -empowering communities undergoing change to shape their environment for the better, and working with built environment professionals, local authority officers and councillors to achieve design excellence.

The Architecture Centre is open to everyone, 5 days a week (we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays - view our opening hours). Admission to our harbourside gallery is free.

The Architecture Centre occupies a beautiful 18th century warehouse in the heart of Bristol's historic docks, located between the Arnolfini gallery and the Youth Hostel.

Converted in 1996, the Centre comprises an intimate and welcoming ground floor gallery and tenanted office space on the upper floors (currently occupied by 3G Communications and Studio Diva).

The Architecture Centre is highly respected as a reliable source of information on all aspects of architecture and the built environment. We extend our impact by producing resources, such as case studies and information sheets, to support many of our activities. 

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