The Government Architect Western Australia provides design leadership and strategic advice to enhance the quality of our built environment and ensure that good design is at the centre of all development and major projects.
The Government Architect provides expert and independent advice to the Premier and Minister for Planning on key Government projects and developments and works with key stakeholders to create a distinctive built environment.
Government Architect – Rebecca Moore
Rebecca Moore was appointed Government Architect for Western Australia in September 2020. In this role, Rebecca provides design leadership and strategic advice to enhance the quality of the built environment and ensure that good design is at the centre of all development for the benefit of the Western Australian community.
As Chair of the State Design Review Panel, Rebecca also plays a significant role in the design review of major city-changing projects proposals and provides expert and independent advice to State government on strategic and significant projects, working with key stakeholders to create a distinctive built environment.
A highly credentialled architect with more than three decades of experience both here in Perth and overseas, Rebecca has expertise in design, planning, heritage and construction.
During her time as a practising architect, Rebecca was involved in projects in a wide range of domains including commercial, heritage, education and adaptive reuse. Her residential portfolio spans mixed-use, single and multi-residential developments and encompasses a ground-breaking award-winning townhouse development in inner city Perth.
Rebecca is a nationally accredited mediator and was a long-standing member of the State Administrative Tribunal, with a strong background in decision-making and mediation across a variety of complex development projects.
She has held key roles in the Australian Institute of Architects (WA Chapter) and was for a number of years an examiner with the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.
Rebecca is committed to delivering a built environment that gives Western Australians a sense of identity, belonging, and shared heritage without compromising functionality, sustainability or aesthetics.
Chris Melsom – Principal Associate to the Government ArchitectShow more
Chris is an architect, planner and urban designer with over thirty years of experience in private practice, local and state government spanning Australia, the UK, Asia and the middle-east. Chris has been an active member of numerous local government Design Review Panels, the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and the State Design Review Panel. He has been a director of large scale, international architecture and planning practices for over 15 years and was director of the Australia Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC). Chris is a strong advocate for the role of design in shaping the City and its public realm.
Barbara Gdowski – Principal Associate to the Government ArchitectShow more
Barbara has a Bachelor of Architecture (University of Western Australia) and has been working for 30 years within the built form and land development industries as an executive manager, design practitioner, senior development manager, and client representative for both the public and private sector. Barbara was responsible for establishing the State Design Review Panel, a state government initiative which aims to prioritise quality design for major and significant projects. Barbara’s past roles have focused on optimising design quality for a range of award-winning projects for which she was responsible, including the Knutsford redevelopment precinct, as part of the LandCorp (now DevelopmentWA) team. Barbara’s core interest is to contribute in a meaningful way to improving the quality of the built environment.
Government Architects Network of AustraliaShow more
The Government Architect Western Australia is a member of the Government Architects Network of Australia (GANA) which is a network of State Government Architects from around Australia.