Lucy Musgrave

Founding Director, Publica, United Kingdom

Lucy Musgrave OBE is the Founding Director of Publica, based in London, and was a member of the Holcim Foundation Awards jury for Europe in 2008 and 2011.

Last updated: April 22, 2024 London, United Kingdom

Lucy Musgrave has played a key advisory role in policy recommendations, strategic planning and the advocacy of design quality. She is currently a Mayor’s Design Advocate for the Mayor of London and member of the Homes England Cross Cutting Committee for Design and Sustainability, and an ambassador for Grand Plan.

Prior to founding Publica, Lucy co-founded General Public Agency (GPA) with Clare Cumberlidge, a creative consultancy working in regeneration and cultural strategy. GPA provided independent strategic advice to public and private sector clients on design and integrated master planning, integrating social, spatial, and cultural values within the delivery of place-making strategies.

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Lucy Musgrave, Founding Director, Publica, United Kingdom. Image: courtesy Publica.

Lucy Musgrave was previously Director of the Architecture Foundation. Among many previous advisory and board roles, she has been a member of the UK government’s Urban Sounding Board; the Greater London Authority’s Public Realm Advisory Group; the Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Public Space; and the Architect of the Year Awards. She was a founding trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and was an Advisory Board member for Tonic Housing, a social enterprise looking to develop a fresh approach to LGBT+ older living.

She is a co-author of Design and Landscape for People: New Approaches to Renewal (Thames & Hudson, 2007) on international examples of inspirational regeneration practice. In 2001, she was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In June 2019 she was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture and the Built Environment.