WA on the lookout for government architect with a vision for a ‘connected, vibrant’ state

The Western Australian government is looking for a new government architect to help shape the future development of the state.

Geoff Warn, who served as government architect since 2013, concluded his term in February 2020.

The role of the government architect is to provide design leadership and strategic advice on major projects, including the development of Metronet precincts, infrastructure projects, significant commercial developments and the creation of vibrant communities.

“Good design is fundamental to creating great places for people to live,” said planning minister Rita Saffioti. “The Government Architect will play a significant role in shaping the evolution of our city, as well as influencing design of development across the state.”

The government architect also heads the State Design Review Panel and ensures that Design WA policies are applied to all development. The role will also support the proposed Special Matters Development Assessment Panel, which will consider proposals that could support the state’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

“Current planning reform measures will open new opportunities and encourage exciting development proposals from both the public and private sector, including local community infrastructure, road and rail networks and more complex mixed-use developments,” Saffioti said.

“We have a very strong talent pool in Western Australia and I encourage all architects who share our vision for a connected, vibrant city, to put their names forward for this exciting opportunity.”

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