On behalf of the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), GANSW is commencing a 12-month design review program through the NSW State Design Review Panel - NSW SDRP - which will demonstrate and test opportunities to lift the design quality of the built environment across the state. The NSW SDRP has been established to deliver the principles and ambitions of Better Placed and to provide a consistent, state-wide approach to reviewing the design quality of State Significant projects.

The NSW SDRP comprises a pool of independent and expert members who will be called upon to form panels with expertise in different types of development. They have been selected as highly qualified professionals who represent a variety of skills across design in the built environment, and a diversity of experience and insight.

The NSW SDRP will provide independent and impartial advice on the design quality of development proposals to inform the formal recommendations of GANSW to the proponents and to the Department of Planning and Environment’s assessment team.

By raising critical issues earlier in the development process, in formally structured sessions with key stakeholders present, the NSW SDRP will help proponents to make well-informed decisions about the design development of proposals. It will also help in coordinating and streamlining approval processes by providing confidence to the consent authority and assessing officers on the design quality, rigour and value of significant projects.

The inaugural NSW SDRP panel members are:
Abbie Galvin, BVN
Adam Haddow, SJB
Amanda Roberts, SJB Urban
Ashley Dunn, Dunn & Hillam
Bill Tsakalos, TDDP
Deborah Barnstone, UTS
Diane Jones, PTW
Gabrielle Morrish, GMU
Garth Paterson, Paterson Design Studio
Helen Lochhead, UNSW
Ingrid Mather, JMD Design
Isabelle Toland, Aileen Sage Architects
John Choi, CHROFI
Justine Clarke
Ken Maher, Ken Maher Consulting
Kim Crestani, Order Architects
Lynne Hancock, Architectus
Mark Tyrrell, Tyrrell Studio
Mary Anne McGirr, Design Inc
Matt Davis, Davis + Davis
Matt Devine, Matt Devine & Co
Matthew Bennett, Bennett & Trimble
Matthew Pullinger, Matthew Pullinger Architect
Matthias Hollenstein, Stewart Hollenstein
Michael Tawa
Oi Choong
Peter Mould, Peter Mould Architect
Peter Smith, Smith & Tzannes
Philip Pollard, Amenity
Richard Nugent, Conybeare Morrison
Roger Jasprizza, Oculus
Sacha Coles, ASPECT Studios
Sam Crawford, Sam Crawford Architects
Sara Stace
Sarah Koshy, Jacobs
Shelley Penn, Shelley Penn Architect
Simon Kilbane, UTS
Sophie Cleland, ARM
Sue Anne Ware, University of Newcastle
Timothy Hill, Partners Hill

You can read more about the NSW SDRP pilot 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 Pilot Terms of Reference - PDF, 76.6KB, 4 pages

Read the terms of reference

NSW State Design Review Panel Pilot Calendar 2018 - PDF, 54.6KB, 1 page

See the SDRP calendar

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