Design Brighton Launch Party at i360.

Students and Staff from the School of Architecture and Design partyed on the i360 for the official launch of DesignBrighton. This was a great opportunity for students to showcase and discuss the work they undertook at last weeks City Charette as more than 200 local business people attended the event. Design Brighton’s vision is to create a leading design week celebrating the city’s rich built environment and to promote Brighton’s global reputation as a city that has design and diversity at its core. The festival will showcase the city’s exceptional designers, producers and educators to provide a strong collaborative network for local businesses and communities. It also aims to inspire young people to people to explore and seek out opportunities within design and producer’s industries and engage them to stay in the city after qualification.

As further inspiration guests were treated to a flight on the BAi360 for a stunning view of Brighton’s architectural landscape by sunset.

The festival will also include a series of satellite events across the region, including:

A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Marina, hosted by the original architect.
A trail of open studios and workshop tours to ‘meet the makers’.
Installations from lighting engineers, makers and designers.
A photography competition to visually highlight the city’s exceptional urban design.
Hard hat tours of developments in progress.
Hack-a-thons engaging the next generation of urban designers.

‘It was a really great event, where the architects and designers from the Charette, were joined by members of the public to find out about ‘Design Brighton’ Festival.  I was able to share the important design elements from the Charette with members of the public.  The design intervention my group worked on the site of Elder Place – New England Street.’ Jessica Melville Brown.

Sophie Law-Smith of Stickland Wright Architects and Interiors said: “DesignBrighton will be much more than an urban realm festival. It is an invitation to us all to come together to light a beacon for our design rich culture, celebrating our heritage and creating a legacy for the next generation; it is an invitation to all, because design is for all.”

John Cowell, festival co-founder, added: “We are thrilled to see so many local stakeholders come out to support the launch of DesignBrighton. Together we can work on today’s challenges and drive towards a circular economy for our region and nurture talent to shape our future. I’m also personally thrilled that the 40th anniversary of the Marina is going to be included in the festival programme as my father, the late Eric Cowell, was one of the original developers.”

To read more about the City Charette see

For more information regarding Design Brighton and to learn how to get involved, please visit or search #DesignBrighton on Twitter.