The office of the Government Architect NSW provides strategic design leadership in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

By integrating design expertise, we work across government, the private sector and the community to improve social, environmental and economic outcomes for NSW and all of our communities.

GANSW supports the NSW Government in delivering quality, managing risk and fostering innovation to create people-centred places.

In acknowledging the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the land and their unique cultural relationships to place, GANSW seeks to uphold the idea that if we care for country - it will care for us.

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Environmental Design in Schools

School are a social, environmental and economic asset. For our students to feel, perform, and connect better with a changing world, our buildings must respond so our learning environments function as sustainable community assets and places of world-class education.

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Draft Urban Design for Regional NSW

The Draft Urban Design Guide for Regional NSW has been prepared specifically for regional NSW . It provides guidance for creating healthy built environments in regional areas of the State. The guide recognises and celebrates the diversity of urban environments, natural landscapes, climates and communities that exist across this vast area.

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Designing with country

GANSW is currently working with the design industry, government and Community to explore opportunities to Design with Country.

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Draft Government Architect's Design Excellence Competition Guidelines

The Draft Government Architect NSW Design Excellence Competition Guidelines replace the Director General’s Design Excellence Guidelines, 2011. These Draft Guidelines will give agencies, individuals and organisations that use them essential and practical advice on how to plan and deliver a successful Design Excellence Competition to meet statutory requirements.

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Draft - Design Guide for Heritage

The Design Guide for Heritage outlines principles to guide a broad range of design work in heritage places in NSW.

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Gosford Urban Design Framework

GANSW has been working with the Central Coast Coordinator General to prepare an Urban Design Framework (UDF) for Gosford to support the ongoing revitalisation of the regional city of Gosford.

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Good Urban Design

Building on the objectives outlined in Better Placed, this working draft is being developed by GANSW to support better urban design outcomes for NSW. You can read the draft here and submit comments for feedback.

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Evaluating Good Design

Evaluating Good Design is part of Better Methods: a set of documents and systems being developed by GANSW to support the practical delivery of a better built environment.

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Implementing Good Design

Implementing Good Design is part of Better Methods: a set of documents and systems being developed by GANSW to support the practical delivery of a better built environment.

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NSW State Design Review Panel

GANSW welcomes the newly appointed members of the NSW State Design Review Panel (SDRP) as part of a pilot program to promote better design quality in State Significant projects.

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Green Infrastructure policy

Greener Places is a draft urban Green Infrastructure policy for NSW which advocates for recognising Green Infrastructure as essential infrastructure for our towns cities and suburbs. To find out more about Green Infrastructure you can download the full policy.

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Integrated design policy

Better Placed is an integrated design policy for the built environment of NSW which advocates for sharing the responsibility in delivering good processes and outcomes for NSW. It has been designed to be used by multiple groups across the NSW community. You can download the full policy or browse through it here:

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Sydney Green Grid

The Sydney Green Grid project proposes a network of high quality green areas that connect homes to town centres, public transport networks and major residential areas. It includes open spaces, parks, bushland waterway corridors and tree lined streetscapes. It is the basis of a policy for green infrastructure in NSW (in development) and forms an integral part of the Sydney Metro Strategy.

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Seoul Biennale 2017

GANSW is proud to be contributing to the inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, opening on September 1. From September to November this year, GANSW work will feature in the ‘Cities Exhibition’ which examines governance mechanisms of cities around the world.

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Sydney Architecture Festival 2017

This October long weekend, GANSW is proud to be supporting the World Architecture Day Global Oration, which will be delivered on Monday 1st October by Dr Kristien Ring – American architect, academic, curator and author.

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Design Guide for Schools

The Design Guide for Schools provides practical guidance on how school projects can be designed to best address the design quality principles outlined in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017.

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It is essential that as we all look to the future, that we are ambitious, that we put good design front and centre, leaving a legacy that we can look back on and be proud of 200 years from now.

Anthony Roberts

Minister for Planning

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