Design is a process of discovery, creativity and delivery. So in everything that GANSW does, there is an element of discovery, of creativity and of course delivery. There is also a strong commitment to advocating and supporting good design processes throughout the development of projects, and across our organisation.
Design processes occur through the entirety of a project from project inception to site planning, from concept design to construction and through to evaluation. Good design does not occur in isolation and NSW already has a variety of established mechanisms to support good design results such as Design Excellence Competitions and Design Review. While Design Excellence has become a well-recognised concept in NSW and internationally, currently there is no clear and overarching framework for design excellence processes in NSW.
To this end, the Government Architect is currently developing a design excellence framework, ‘Better Methods’, to support the delivery of better design processes. ‘Better Methods’ will describe the inter-related activities required to promote and deliver design excellence from the procurement of design services through to the merit-based assessment of development applications and post occupancy evaluation. Better Methods will be supported by a hierarchical suite of documents providing guidelines for design competitions, design review and procurement, along with how-to manuals on integrated processes such as master plans and more detailed practise notes on specific tasks that can support good design, such as brief writing.