Promoting design excellence in architecture and the built environment

The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust (registered charity 298201) was set up in 1987 as a complement to the Royal Fine Art Commission, the Government’s independent adviser on matters affecting public amenity and aesthetics in England and Wales. Over the past thirty-five years, the Trust has sought to promote visual awareness and public appreciation of high-quality design, for example through educational initiatives and its Building of the Year Award, which ran until 2005 in association first with The Sunday Times and then with Sky. Today it continues to advance its charitable objectives through commentary on design matters, by undertaking or commissioning relevant research and by partnering projects where its involvement can add value.  Its newest initiative, the Building Beauty Awards sponsored by Ballymore, was launched in 2021 with the first awards to be presented in the summer of 2022. 

President Lord Foster of Thames Bank OM FRIBA FCSD RDI

Chairman Professor Stephen Bayley HonFRIBA

Advisory Board  The Duke of Richmond and Gordon / Lord Palumbo of Walbrook (pictured above, introducing our first Lord St John of Fawsley Commemoration Lecture, delivered by Lord Foster of Thames Bank at Manchester Town Hall in November 2016) / Lord Rees of Ludlow OM FRS HonFREng FMedSci / Sir Terry Farrell CBE RIBA FCSD RDI / Lady Nutting OBE / Dr The Hon Tristram Hunt FRHistS / Stephen Barber / Sean Mulryan / Trevor Osborne  

Trustees  Dinah Casson CBE RDI / Paul Finch OBE HonFRIBA (Deputy Chairman) / Professor Simon May 

Executive Director Robert Bargery 


Ordering our Publications

Design Champion: the Twentieth Century Royal Fine Art Commission 1924-1999 and Decorating Parliament: Prince Albert and the first Royal Fine Art Commission 1841-1863,  can be ordered for £15 each inc p&p, payable by bank transfer (with your surname as reference) to

Royal Fine Art Commission Trust / Sort code 180002 / Account 02022249

accompanied by an email to director@rfact.uk with the title(s) of the required book(s) in the subject field and, in the email itself, the address for the book(s) to be sent to and the quantity ordered.