30 May 2013
In May 2013 GANA convened in the Old Treasury Building in Melbourne with representation from 7 different states.
Alastair Swayn (ACT), Peter Poulet (NSW), Lawrence Nield (NT), Robert Foote (NT), Ben Hewett (SA), Kirsteen Mackay (SA), Sharon Mackay (SA), Geoffrey London (VIC), Jill Garner (VIC), Steve Woodland (WA), Patrick Ford (WA).
David Parkin, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).
Ralph Horne, RMIT.
Role still funded by University of Canberra at 1 day / week, embedded in one place of government with limited whole-of-government overview.
New South Wales:
Strategically the NSW OGA will move away from the traditional role towards partnering with private sector and government.
Lawrence Neild was recently appointed as Northern Territory’s Government Architect. Contract for direct reporting to Chief Minister.
NT Government supports agenda of ‘Cool Cities’, ‘Cool Character’, ‘Cool Hospitals’
The QLD GA now sits within the Building Industry and Policy Unit – noting the building industry may be a potential ally for the GA.
The Integrated Design Commission SA wound up December 2012 and the Office for Design and Architecture South Australia (led by the Government Architect) formerly commenced January 2013. The office has moved from Department of Premier and Cabinet to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
Office of the Victorian Government Architect moved from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to the Department for Planning, Transport & Local Infrastructure.
Victorian GA seeking to develop SEPP 65 – like requirements.
Researching the idea of establishing a Centre for Design (to be used also as a city planning tool).
Better Places and Spaces’, Built Environment Policy was endorsed by Cabinet and formally launched in Western Australia.
‘Design Standards’ continue to be in high demand for Design Review and Brief development purposes. With Policy now in place, overall framework of Standards and Guidance documents is very strong and something to build on.
The GANA Draft Charter to be developed for review at next meeting.
David Parken provided update on Australian Institute of Architect’s strategic planning, policy activity and market forecasting.
Ralph Horne presented the ‘Evidence Based Design Research proposal’. A Project Reference Group will be formed and will include NSW (Peter Poulet), SA (Ben Hewett) and VIC (Geoffrey London).
Urban Design Protocol:
AUDP has been very popular. 250, 000 downloads since launch and 60 ‘champions’ identified across Australia.
Malcolm Middleton noted the 20th Anniversary of the Urban Design Taskforce and encouraged revisiting the ‘Urban Design in Australia Report’ to review outcomes.