I am delighted that my Foundation combines education with championing community-building worldwide, engaging with all sorts of people across the globe and bringing talented people together to create long-term, practical solutions to the communities in which we live.HRH The Prince of Wales
The housing development at Knockroon
The Prince of Wales with graduates of The Prince's Foundation for Building Community
The Arts and Crafts House
We believe that sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of life of everyone who is part of them. Every day, we are helping people to live better at a local level.
Through engaging people, we bring planners designers, builders, local authorities, community groups and governments together to help create, support and evolve sustainable communities.
Our workshops have been successful both in the UK and across the world and by 2025 we’ll have helped tens of thousands of people worldwide live in sustainable communities.
Projects such as Highbury Gardens on the Holloway Road in London, Knockroon in East Ayrshire, Lincoln city centre and Upton in the Midlands and Coed Darcy in South Wales demonstrate the relevance of our approach to varied settings across the UK.
Our work in the Galapagos Islands, Kingston, Jamaica, Sierra Leone and Haiti are examples of the applicability of our principles of community building around the world.
Our work ranges from revitalizing communities and building mixed income neighbourhoods to turning abandoned industrial sites back into thriving neighbourhoods and bringing communities together to resolve planning disputes. Plus, our policies and papers have had far reaching impact and our consultancy work has helped drive the message of sustainable urbanism to wider audiences.
Our Building Skill program equips professionals, graduates, students and the public with the skills they need to design, build and preserve sustainable communities. There is a shortage of both craft skills in the UK and globally of urban design and green architecture knowledge; our education programmes help to bridge that gap. We deliver these courses on our own and in partnership with centres of excellence including Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education, the University of Wales and Construction Skills.
Our core courses are in the UK, but also available internationally in places such as Vancouver, New Orleans and Jamaica. Through engaging and educating we are helping to empower. We help people understand what they want from their communities, and then make sure to know how to make it happen.
We are empowering people to want better places to live in and helping them to achieve it. With the help of our Ambassadors, members and partners we’re talking about everything from edible gardens and sustainable homes to recycled materials and interior design. One of our projects in this area is The Prince’s House, which helps us showcase all these things and brings people in line with our thinking. Our work is broad and wide ranging and our goal is a future where everyone takes part in making our communities more sustainable.
Our popular summer school teaches how traditional building and repair techniques have been, and can be, applied in the 21st Century.
HRH The Prince of Wales visits Highbury Gardens
Listen to our President, Ambassadors, Building Craft Apprentices and many others talk about what we do, how we do it, and more importantly why!
Listen to Ben Bolgar, our Senior Design Director, and others explain in detail what our Enquiry by Design process entails and why we think it is crucial to work closely with communities during the planning process.
Find out more about The Prince's Arts & Crafts House at the Ideal Home Show
The Prince's Natural House
The Prince’s Natural House offers a prime example of how we can live in a traditionally built low carbon home built from natural materials; its pioneering design is our very own answer to eco living.The house uses timeless principles of the thermal mass, passive ventilation and natural insulation to create a low carbon, healthy and attractive alternative to the high-tech solutions favoured by most architects. The walls are composed of a simple solid clay block structure containing small pockets…Read case study