The role of the NSW Government Architect and the Government Architect’s Office has existed, in various forms since Francis Greenway worked as the first Civil Architect for Governor Macquarie in 1816. Since Greenway’s term there have been 22 Civil, Colonial or Government Architects, all contributing to the design, planning supervision and construction of the built environment in New South Wales.
Peter Poulet is the current NSW Government Architect, the 23rd Government Architect since Francis Greenway’s appointment in 1816.

About GAO
The Government Architect’s Office (GAO) is a multi-disciplinary design office providing high level strategic advice to government and a range of specialist architectural and quantity surveying services on a commercial basis. Key areas of expertise include design review and assessment, master planning, architectural services, urban and landscape design, heritage services, indigenous design.

Advocacy and Advice
GAO undertakes a leadership role in the area of the built environment on behalf of Government. It provides high-level strategic advice to Government about architecture, urban design and cross-government facilitation in the development and delivery of whole-of-government design projects and state significant developments.
GAO promotes awareness about how good design can make for efficient, healthy, sustainable and enjoyable places to do business, live and prosper for all the community.

Strategic Direction
Through an expanded strategic focus GAO is able to connect with more government agencies working in the built environment and advocate for a more efficient, better quality, sustainable and liveable urban environment.
By fostering partnerships with government, higher education, industry and the community GAO aims to drive innovation and maximise better design outcomes for New South Wales.

"Our communities are enriched and our quality of life is enhanced through good design, strategic and independent advice and expert design leadership. Good design is the cornerstone of developing healthy, livable and prosperous communities. Good design is a matter of public interest. Design leadership is thinking and acting innovatively and making creative linkages between people and ideas. Good design is an integral aspect of planning and development."
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