Lucy Musgrave


Lucy Musgrave is the founding Director of Publica and a leading practitioner in the fields of urbanism and the public realm. 

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 and sits on the Mayor’s Night Time Commission and the Sounding Board for the Mayor’s Public London Charter. Lucy is a member of the Barbican Centre Board and the National Infrastructure Commission's Shadow Design Group and Expert Advisory Group. 

Lucy is regularly invited to sit on the jury for many design competitions, most recently the Centre for Music project in the City of London, Museum of London West Smithfield International Design Competition and the Illuminated River International Design Competition. Lucy has also contributed to the West End Partnership Public Realm and Place Task Groups and served as a member of Sir Terry Farrell’s panel for the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment in 2014.

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.