Design blends architecture, landscape architecture, and planning together to make groups of buildings, neighbourhoods, and whole settlements functional, attractive to live in and sustainable.
We believe that:
- good design is at the heart of a sustainable community
- the impacts of climate change are such that we must be more attentive to design issues and the need to accommodate adaptation
- planning and design are society's essential tools for making successful and enjoyable places that will provide a high quality of life, economic growth and environmental protection
- the design element of planning provides a vehicle for communities to identify, protect and enhance the assets that matter to them and retain the distinctiveness of their area.
Latest news and consultations
Policy & research reports
- The RTPI alongside Cabe at the Design Council, the Landscape Institute and the RIBA have published the fully revised Design Review: Principles & Practice.
- Creating Places: Scotland's new policy statement on architecture and place sets out the comprehensive value good design can deliver.
Members of the RTPI Urban Design Network are kept fully up-to-date via a regular Member Bulletin and events. Visit its webpage to join the Network.