The design of each project is reviewed regularly, both formally and informally, under the direction of the Design Board, which is led by founder and Chairman Norman Foster, Stefan BehlingGrant BrookerNigel Dancey, Spencer de Grey, Gerard EvendenLuke FoxPaul Kalkhoven, David Nelson and David Summerfield. The Design Board has full responsibility for design within the office. 

While its involvement is important in the early, conceptual design phases, it ensures continuity and quality at every stage of a project, as well as encouraging the sharing of expertise across the project teams. The Design Board was created in the spirit of challenging and being challenged. It also plays an important role in stimulating research, as well as in arranging cross-disciplinary design workshops on various issues, such as urban design and sustainability.