The Design Guide for Heritage offers a resource to help ensure we have good design in heritage places. This is a shared responsibility, with many shared benefits. This guide will assist owners, architects, consultants and builders who are working on the buildings, sites and precincts that contribute to our heritage. It will help government, organisations and members of the community to understand the value and opportunity in our existing built environment, and outlines the steps to ensure that our heritage places are conserved, maintained and enhanced through good design.

Developed as a collaboration between the Government Architect NSW and the Heritage Council of NSW, the guide draws on earlier publications developed by the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter and Heritage Council of NSW. This guide incorporates material from the previous documents, and supplements them with further information.

The Design Guide for Heritage is complemented by a set of case studies, which show how principles of good design have been applied across a wide range of heritage contexts, scales and building types to meet a variety of briefs and requirements.

The discussion draft of the Design Guide for Heritage was on public exhibition for 3 months from May 2018 until August 2018.

We would like to thank the many individuals and organisations that provided feedback on the draft. We have reviewed the feedback and used this to assist in preparing the final guide.