About the Association of Collaborative Design




Events & Training


The Association of Collaborative Design (ACD) responds to a growing number of built environment collaborative and participatory design practitioners and community groups who felt the need to come together to have a stronger voice in advocating for empowering people to have agency. 

Our aims are:


The ACD brings together a network of individuals, practitioners, professionals and organisations that endorse the collaborative process of creating and managing environments with and for people and nature. The ACD was founded in 2020 and is a Community Interest Company (CIC).


This process promotes change to the built environment from the street to neighbourhood to the regional scale. It aims to meet peoples needs through participatory and democratic decision-making at all levels.

We align to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11.3 "By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanisation and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries."

As of 2021, ACD is a  World Urban Campaign Partner with UN-Habitat


" Together shaping the future of cities leaving no one behind."



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Meaningful collaborative approaches to design are not mainstream in the built environment industries. ACD will promote the importance and value of collaborative design to local and central government authorities, as well as to developers and house builders.



Through building a network of individuals, organisations and institutions, ACD will benefit built environment professionals and communities, in broadening the impact of collaborative design within the UK and globally, encouraging the sharing of best practice, and developing a collaborative design community.



Research and guidance on the economic, social and physical value of collaborative design are not currently evidenced. The undertaking and publication, and dissemination of research and guidance will offer a strong incentive to take up collaborative design as a mainstream activity.


Events and Training

Through training and events, the ACD aims to understand the value and significance of collaborative design with communities in creating successful, healthy and sustainable places.



ACD will benefit communities who require the expertise and support in developing their own ideas for the way that their neighbourhoods and cities need to be designed and shaped.

Through the ACD, you can find guidance and best practice, as practitioners who can help your community.