The State Design Review Panel (SDRP) delivers independent, consistent design quality advice on projects that have or will undergo assessment by the state. The program provides a best-practice state-wide approach to the review of State Significant projects, precincts and infrastructure.

SDRP panellists are independent and highly qualified design professionals. They represent a variety of skills across design in the built environment and bring a diversity of experience and insight. Panel members have cross disciplinary expertise in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, Aboriginal and European culture and heritage and sustainability.

The SDRP contributes to good design by offering practical advice which proponents can action. It provides a structured forum in which critical issues can be raised early in the development process, helping proponents to make well-informed decisions about the design development of proposals. It is highly valued by the Department’s Planning and Assessment Group and contributes to the coordination and streamlining of approval processes by providing confidence to the consent authority and other decision makers on the design quality of projects.

The SDRP was launched as a pilot program in April 2018 to test and demonstrate best practice design review. The pilot program responded to the identification of design review as a necessary process to support evaluation of the design quality of State Significant proposals by DPIE assessment teams. Over two years of operation as a pilot program, the SDRP provided advice on over 100 projects worth close to $10 billion. Nearly half of all projects were schools, with the remainder including hospitals, university research and teaching buildings, public institutions, student and affordable housing, concept plans for new precincts, sport facilities and private mixed-use developments.

In November 2020, the SDRP was formalised to an ongoing model with an expanded pool of panellists and the addition of a team of State Government Design Champions. The panel now includes six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members with expertise in design and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage to champion opportunities to Design with Country.

The SDRP is led and managed by GANSW.

Upcoming webinar – Design Review: In Conversation

Thursday, December 3, 2020

A panel discussion and webinar looking at how the State Design Review Panel supports the NSW government to deliver good design.

Register for this webinar.

NSW SDRP Panel Members are listed below

  • Adam Haddow
  • Amanda Roberts
  • Amanda Sturgeon
  • Andrew Cortese
  • Andrew Nimmo
  • Angelo Candalepas
  • Anita Panov
  • Anna Chauvel
  • Bianca Pineda
  • Bill Tsakalos
  • Carroll Go-Sam
  • Catherine Chatburn
  • Che Wall
  • Chi Melhem
  • Chris Major
  • Craig Kerslake
  • Daniele Hromek
  • David Logan
  • David Tickle
  • Diana Griffiths
  • Diane Jones
  • Digby Hall
  • Elizabeth Carpenter
  • Emili Fox
  • Esther Dickins
  • Fiona Young
  • Francoise Lane
  • Gabrielle Morrish
  • Garth Paterson
  • Geoffrey London
  • Grace Mortlock
  • Graham Jahn
  • Guy Sturt
  • Hannah Tribe
  • Helen Lochhead
  • Ingrid Mather
  • Jefa Greenaway
  • Jillian Comber
  • Jocelyn Jackson
  • Joe Agius
  • John Choi
  • Judy van Gelderen
  • Julie Lee
  • Kate Luckraft
  • Ken Maher
  • Kim Crestani
  • Laura Harding
  • Libby Gallagher
  • Liz Westgarth
  • Lucy Creagh
  • Malcolm Middleton
  • Marc Deuschle
  • Mark Tyrell
  • Maryam Gusheh
  • Matthew Bennett
  • Matthew Chan
  • Matthew Pullinger
  • Matthew Taylor
  • Michael Tawa
  • Michelle Cramer
  • Mungo Smith
  • Nathalie Ward
  • Nicole Leuning
  • Oi Choong
  • Paul Berkemeier
  • Paul Stoller
  • Paul Walter
  • Penny Collins
  • Penny Fuller
  • Peter Mould
  • Peter Phillips
  • Peter Poulet
  • Peter St Clair
  • Peter Titmuss
  • Peter Watts
  • Philip Pollard
  • Qianyi Lim
  • Richard Nugent
  • Rod Simpson
  • Roger Jasprizza
  • Sarah Varghese
  • Shaun Carter
  • Shelley Penn
  • Simon Kilbane
  • Sophie Dyring
  • Stephen Neille
  • Tamara Donnellan
  • Tony Caro

State Government Design Champions

  • Wade Sutton
  • Anne Sutherland
  • Ben Hewett
  • Rebecca Wark
  • Sara Stace
  • Gareth Collins
  • Elisabeth Peet
  • Claire Beattie
  • David Burge
  • Philip Graus
  • Stephanie Barker
  • Joshua French

You can read more about the NSW SDRP program below.

NSW State Design Review Panel Pilot Program Introduction - PDF, 755KB, 12 pages

Read the introduction brochure

NSW State Design Review Panel Pilot Frequently Asked Questions - PDF, 28.8KB, 2 pages

Download the FAQs

NSW State Design Review Panel Terms of Reference - PDF, 106.5KB, 4 pages

Read the terms of reference

NSW SDRP pilot program: Guidelines for project teams GANSW advisory note - PDF, 60 KB, 4 pages

Guidelines for Project teams

NSW State Design Review Panel (pilot) planning circular - PDF, 3.2MB, 2 pages

DPE Planning Circular
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