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 years, the Trust has sought to promote visual awareness and public appreciation of high-quality design, for example through educational initiatives and an architecture award. 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.

Patron His Royal Highness The Duke of York KG

President Lord Foster of Thames Bank OM FRIBA FCSD RDI

Chairman Stephen Bayley HonFRIBA

Advisory Board   Dr Maria Balshaw CBE / Stephen Barber / Sir Terry Farrell CBE RIBA FCSD MRTPI / Dr The Hon Tristram Hunt FRHistS / 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

Trustees  Sir Christopher Frayling / Professor Simon May / Lady Nutting OBE / Trevor Osborne  

Executive Director Robert Bargery 

Our latest 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,  are now available to buy on Amazon.