NSW government architect names members of pilot state-wide design review panel

4 April 2018

The Government Architect NSW (GANSW) has announced the 40 independent and expert members who will be called upon to advise on significant, large-scale developments.

The panelists, who are predominantly architects, were selected from more than 200 applications following a call for applications in December 2017. They include former NSW government architect Peter Mould, former national presidents of the Australian Institute of Architects Shelley Penn and Ken Maher and the newly elected 2019-2020 national president Helen Lochhead.

The NSW State Design Review Panel (SDRP) pilot will take place over 12 months, and is being organized by GANSW on behalf of the Department of Planning and Environment.

The experts will form four-person, typology-specific panels chaired by the government architect or a nominated representative. The panels will provide feedback to the government or a project’s private proponents during the early stages of design to “promote improvements to the design quality of projects when changes can be made easily, rather than after a development application has been lodged.”

Local perspectives will be reflected through the involvement of locally nominated panel members for the assessment of particular applications.

Peter Poulet, NSW government architect, said, “By consulting with the SDRP, both government and private sector projects will benefit from expert design advice at no cost for the period of the pilot program. This will further ensure their projects are at the forefront of community-focused design innovation.”

Designs will be assessed against the principles of Better Placed, the GANSW-authored architecture and design policy for the state that was released in August 2017.

The document outlines the principles, objects and directions for creating well-designed built environments.

Link to full article in ArchitectureAU