The Lutyens Trust (UK) was founded on December 20, 1984 following the success of the Arts Council exhibition dedicated to the work of Edwin Lutyens. This exhibit was held at the Hayward Gallery in London in 1981 and came on the heels of efforts within the United States to celebrate the legacy of architectural design left by Edwin Lutyens. A small photographic exhibition, proposed by Allan Greenberg and organized by Arthur Drexler, was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York between October 1978 and January 1979. In 1978, a Fiftieth-Anniversary dinner was held at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the only Lutyens design built in the United States. The speakers at this event were Philip Johnson and Hugh Casson.
In response to the continuing admiration of Sir Edwin Lutyens within the America design community, efforts to form The Lutyens Trust America began in 2017. The initial Board members are Martin Lutyens, Robin Prater, Candia Lutyens Peterson, Judith Prause, and Marcos Lutyens, with Ted Bosley and Tom Kligerman serving as Advisory Board members. The Lutyens Trust America is a separate organization from the Lutyens Trust. However, the two organizations work closely together and support similar goals.