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The Government Architect provides leadership and independent strategic advice to Government to improve the design of public buildings and spaces and enhance the quality of the built environment. This is a ‘whole of government’ role and where requested, the Government Architect provides advice to the highest levels of Government. The Office of the Government Architect now sits within the  Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

The Government Architect’s key functions include:

  • the provision of expert, independent advice to the Premier, Minister for Planning and the Minister for Works on:
    • key projects and developments undertaken by Government
    • landscape architecture and civic design matters
    • strategic approaches to major development projects; and
    • initiatives to improve the design of public buildings.
  • taking a key whole-of-government leadership role in architectural design including stewardship and implementation of the “Better Places and Spaces” built environment policy;
  • undertaking brokerage of design solutions and outcomes on behalf of government;
  • promoting community awareness in architectural design and other building related issues; and  facilitating linkages between community expectation and Government policy initiatives in these areas;
  • maintaining effective relationships and strong links with the building design professions and the architectural schools within the State and facilitating constructive working relationships between these bodies and Government;
  • working closely with a range of government agencies in the pursuit of better built environment outcomes;
  • representing the Government on key architectural committees and bodies;
  • working in partnership with the Department of Finance to implement the Design Standards for Government buildings; and
  • providing design input to the planning and design of strategic urban development proposals, including visioning, establishing design objectives and guidelines and design reviews.

The Office of the Government Architect

The Government Architect is supported by a small but dedicated team in the Office of the Government Architect (OGA) who work to promote the value of good design, and pursue design quality and sustainable built environment outcomes.
The OGA assists in:

  • undertaking strategic design tasks such as briefing, evaluation and managing design quality on major public projects;
  • encouraging design excellence by implementing design review processes;
  • establishing policy and practice initiatives for achieving design quality in the built environment; and
  • promoting the value of good design through advocacy and events.

Current activities

The Office of the Government Architect contributes to a range of strategic and policy initiatives as well as State works and development projects, including:

  • DesignWA
  • METRONET
  • New Museum Project
  • Perth Cultural Centre Strategic Planning
  • Sunset Heritage Precinct Transformation
  • Shenton Park Hospital Redevelopment
  • Design Review of major state works projects as well as private sector development at the request of local government authorities.

Contact us

Office of the Government Architect 
Bairds Building Level 1, 491 William Street, Perth WA 6000
Locked Bag 2506 Perth WA 6001
(08) 6551 9483
Government.Architect@planning.wa.go.au