In the week that the Design Council celebrates its third anniversary of joining with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), Pam Alexander is appointed as the new Chair of Cabe at the Design Council. She will support the Design Council’s activities to champion great design in architecture and the built environment to improve people’s lives.
In the three years since the transfer of the activities of CABE into the Design Council, through its Design Review service, Cabe has independently evaluated the design quality of over 400 significant schemes, including London 2012 and Crossrail. Cabe has continued to influence key national policies on housing and planning and has worked with communities and local authorities to ensure that good design is at the heart of neighbourhood planning. Delivery across the UK and abroad is supported by its specialist network of 250 Built Environment Experts.
Design Council launched two new built environment initiatives last week: Active by Design, a new programme to improve the health of the nation, and Built for Life, a web-based accreditation service to identify and champion well-designed new build homes.
Active by Design is the Design Council’s response to the current major health crisis caused by many people’s very low levels of activity, and a lack of access to healthy food. It builds on government and health research showing that people’s well-being and quality of life can be improved through designing better buildings and public spaces in cities and towns. Through Active by Design DC hope to find new ways to connect our planning system, health services and the built environment sector in ways that have not been done before.
Pam Alexander will take over from Paul Finch as Chair of Cabe at the Design Council with immediate effect. Pam will support Clare Devine, Director of Architecture and the Built Environment, in continuing to develop and integrate Cabe into the Design Council as a self-financing enterprise, thought leader and agent for change. Given the close alignment and overlap of the objectives and activities of Cabe with the rest of the Design Council charity, the Board decided to fully integrate Cabe and it will no longer operate as a subsidiary. Pam brings a wealth of experience in strategic policy and delivery across the fields of regeneration and housing, innovation, growth and economic development in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She is passionate about places and buildings being well-designed, planned and built to the highest sustainable quality to improve people’s lives.