Lucy Musgrave OBE is the Founding Director of Publica. Over a 25-year career, Lucy 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, sits on the Sounding Board for the Mayor’s Public London Charter and previously sat on the Mayor’s Night Time Commission. Lucy also sits on the board of the social enterprise Public Practice and is a member of both the Barbican Centre Board and the National Infrastructure Commission's Design Group and Expert Advisory Group.
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 masterplanning, integrating social, spatial and cultural values within the delivery of place-making strategies.
Lucy 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; the Architect of the Year Awards; and the European Jury of the Holcim Sustainability 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. Lucy is a co-author of Design and Landscape for People: New Approaches to Renewal, a Thames & Hudson publication 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.