GANSW is about advocating, enabling and supporting a well-designed built environment for the people of NSW. Our work is driven by three core goals: to enable better design processes for projects, to build design capacity, and to advocate for a strong and engaged design culture.

GANSW defines a well-designed built environment as being healthy, responsive, integrated, equitable and resilient

Healthy – for all members of our communities, promoting physical activity and walkable environments, social cohesion, as well as community safety and security to support people’s well-being.

Responsive – to the needs and aspirations of local people, now and into the future, inviting innovative use and habitation, interaction, productivity and enjoyment.

Integrated – by drawing together the relationships between parts and elements, considering interfaces at multiple scales and working common goals and aspirations.

Equitable – by presenting opportunities for all segments of our community so residents and visitors have access to and can move about freely between public domain, infrastructure, open space and buildings.

Resilient – to the dynamic, challenging conditions of our time, to adapt and evolve while retaining essential qualities and values.

Read more about our thinking, what we are doing, how we’ll be measuring, and where we’re collaborating.