This guide was developed in 2019 on behalf of the Empowering Design Practices research project.
Design and development: Katerina Alexiou and Theodore Zamenopoulos, The Open University
Advisors: Becky Payne, HRBA development officer and heritage consultant, and Sophia de Sousa, The Glass-House Community Led Design. Leo Care, Hannah Towler and Thomas Moore from Sheffield School of Architecture also provided input in an earlier version of the resource
Graphic and web design by Wave.
Empowering Design Practices
Empowering Design Practices is a research project exploring how community-led design can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places that respect and enhance their heritage.
Working within this context, the project aims to develop insights and mechanisms (approaches, resources, training) to support community-led design and the development of places that connect and serve their communities.
Empowering Design Practices (2014-2020) is a collaboration between The Open University, The Glass-House Community Led Design, Historic England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, working with consultants Stephen Smith (Wright & Wright Architects), Leo Care (Live Works) and Becky Payne.
The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the Connected Communities and Design highlight notice.