The office of the Government Architect NSW provides strategic design leadership in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.
By integrating design expertise, we work across government, the private sector and the community to improve social, environmental and economic outcomes for NSW and all of our communities.
GANSW supports the NSW Government in delivering quality, managing risk and fostering innovation to create people-centred places.
In acknowledging the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the land and their unique cultural relationships to place, GANSW seeks to uphold the idea that if we care for country - it will care for us.Read more about GANSW
Draft Sydney Ochre Grid
The Sydney Ochre Grid is a mapping project to assist both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities share knowledge about Aboriginal places as well as places of shared cultural and heritage significance. It will also respect and protect sensitive sites.Read about the Draft Sydney Ochre Grid
Draft Government Architect's Design Excellence Competition Guidelines
The Draft Government Architect NSW Design Excellence Competition Guidelines replace the Director General’s Design Excellence Guidelines, 2011. These Draft Guidelines will give agencies, individuals and organisations that use them essential and practical advice on how to plan and deliver a successful Design Excellence Competition to meet statutory requirements.Read more about the guidelines
Gosford Urban Design and Implementation Framework
GANSW has been working with the Central Coast Coordinator General to prepare an Urban Design and Implementation Framework (UDIF) for Gosford and a series of three urban design studies for key places within the city centre to support the ongoing revitalisation of the regional city of Gosford.Read more about the framework
Good Urban Design
Building on the objectives outlined in Better Placed, this working draft is being developed by GANSW to support better urban design outcomes for NSW. You can read the draft here and submit comments for feedback.Read more on the Urban Design Guide
Evaluating Good Design
Evaluating Good Design is part of Better Methods: a set of documents and systems being developed by GANSW to support the practical delivery of a better built environment.Evaluating Good Design
Implementing Good Design
Implementing Good Design is part of Better Methods: a set of documents and systems being developed by GANSW to support the practical delivery of a better built environment.Read about implementing good design
NSW State Design Review Panel
GANSW welcomes the newly appointed members of the NSW State Design Review Panel (SDRP) as part of a pilot program to promote better design quality in State Significant projects.Read about the new panel
Green Infrastructure policy
Greener Places is a draft urban Green Infrastructure policy for NSW which advocates for recognising Green Infrastructure as essential infrastructure for our towns cities and suburbs. To find out more about Green Infrastructure you can download the full policy.Read more
Integrated design policy
Better Placed is an integrated design policy for the built environment of NSW which advocates for sharing the responsibility in delivering good processes and outcomes for NSW. It has been designed to be used by multiple groups across the NSW community. You can download the full policy or browse through it here:Read the policy
Sydney Green Grid
The Sydney Green Grid project proposes a network of high quality green areas that connect homes to town centres, public transport networks and major residential areas. It includes open spaces, parks, bushland waterway corridors and tree lined streetscapes. It is the basis of a policy for green infrastructure in NSW (in development) and forms an integral part of the Sydney Metro Strategy.Read more
Seoul Biennale 2017
GANSW is proud to be contributing to the inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, opening on September 1. From September to November this year, GANSW work will feature in the ‘Cities Exhibition’ which examines governance mechanisms of cities around the world.Read more
Sydney Architecture Festival 2017
This October long weekend, GANSW is proud to be supporting the World Architecture Day Global Oration, which will be delivered on Monday 1st October by Dr Kristien Ring – American architect, academic, curator and author.Read more
Design Guide for Schools
The Design Guide for Schools provides practical guidance on how school projects can be designed to best address the design quality principles outlined in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017.Read more
It is essential that as we all look to the future, that we are ambitious, that we put good design front and centre, leaving a legacy that we can look back on and be proud of 200 years from now.
Minister for Planning