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Design excellence the focus of new advisory panel

2 November 2016

UrbanGrowth NSW has established an advisory panel to act as the organisation’s design champion for major urban transformation projects.

The two key functions of the UrbanGrowth NSW Design Directorate are design leadership and design review, providing portfolio-wide support to project teams in the delivery of high quality urban design outcomes.

The Design Directorate meets at least monthly and reports directly to the Chief Executive of UrbanGrowth NSW. It is co-chaired by Board member Ken Maher and the New South Wales Government Architect Peter Poulet.

Members include highly respected leaders in the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning.

“The Design Directorate is our design champion and reflects the importance of embedding design thinking at every stage of the development lifecycle,” said Chief Executive David Pitchford.

“This is a body that advocates internally for design excellence and integrated design principles, while at the same time acting externally as a public advocate by articulating quality outcomes for our public domain and precinct visions.

“It also reviews and endorses significant urban design and architectural commitments and underpins our ambition to provide world class, best-practice design solutions across our urban transformation programs.”

Design Directorate co-chair Ken Maher said, “This initiative supports a commitment to ensuring projects not only enhance the capacity and productivity of our city, but also provide benefits to the community through high levels of amenity and design quality.”

The Office of the Government Architect has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UrbanGrowth NSW to provide strategic design advice and guidance to UrbanGrowth NSW’s project teams.

Government Architect Peter Poulet said to create great precincts and places, best practice design processes need to be understood and used early in the life of projects.

“Good design considers the inter-relatedness of things, as well as opportunities, constraints and potential impacts early. The aim is to improve the quality of strategies, places and buildings for the benefit of the public,” Mr Poulet said.

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