The Government Architect NSW (GANSW) provides strategic design leadership in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

At GANSW we:

  • Champion - Promote, educate and advocate for design awareness and excellence on behalf of Government, its agencies and partners
  • Connect - Foster public and private sector partnerships, collaboration and design collaboration across built environment initiatives
  • Advise - Provide strategic and independent advice and quality review to support best practice and outcomes for design projects

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.

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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NSW State Design Review Panel

The NSW State Design Review Panel has been operating for over two years to improve the design of built environments across NSW.

Find out more about the NSW State Design Review Panel
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Movement and Place

Streets and roads are a major part of the system of public space that helps connect our places. GANSW collaborated with other agencies on a ‘movement and place’ initiative to create a shared language and approach to the design of our streets and achieve better place outcomes for the people of NSW.  This work led to the NSW Movement and Place Framework. 

Find out more at the NSW Movement and Place website
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Good Design is Government Policy

Better Placed is a policy that provides a set of principles and guidance to support good design in NSW.

Read about our policies
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Publications and Resources

We research and prepare documents that provide policy, principles, advice and best practice examples to support good design processes and outcomes.

These include Policies, Design Frameworks, Guides & Manuals, Case Studies, Advisory Notes, and Webinars.

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We deliver strategic spatial frameworks for complex government led precincts and support for project formation and definition.

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Design Review

We provide a range of independent design advice and quality review including the State Design Review Panel (SDRP).

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Greener Places

Greener Places is a design framework produced by GANSW to guide the design, planning, design and delivery of Green Infrastructure in urban areas across NSW.

Find out more about green infrastructure and the design framework