Abbie Galvin announced as the 24th NSW Government Architect

On Tuesday 1st October Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes announced the appointment of Abbie Galvin as the 24th Government Architect.

"I'm delighted Ms Galvin will be our new Government Architect and the first woman to hold the position since it was created more than 200 years ago," Mr Stokes said.

"The Government Architect has been one of the State’s most prestigious roles since it was established in 1816 to shape cities, towns and communities right across the State".

Abbie is a Principal and Director at BVN and has worked on projects globally and across Australia. She is a member of the GANSW State Design Review Panel, sharing her experience and expertise to support better design outcomes for State Significant projects.

AIA NSW Chapter President Kathlyn Loseby welcomed the appointment and described Abbie Galvin as 'An eminent architect and Fellow of the Institute'. She added: 'Ms Galvin has distinguished herself through her portfolio of projects and through her involvement in architectural education, advisory panels and initiatives such as the creation of Sydney Open'.

The Government Architect NSW team congratulate Abbie on her appointment and look forward to working with her when she takes up the role in December. It is an exciting time to be joining the NSW Government with a new Ministerial position championing both great public spaces and the role of good design in delivering better outcomes for the people of NSW.

In the interim period before Abbie joins the team, Ben Hewett will continue as Acting Government Architect, a role that has been shared over the last year with Olivia Hyde, Director of Design Excellence.

Read this media release on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website:

Abbie Galvin announced as first female NSW Government Architect