Office of the Government Architect

The Government Architect provides leadership and independent strategic advice to government to improve the design of public buildings and spaces and enhance the quality of the built environment.

What we do

Led by the Government Architect, the Office of the Government Architect (OGA) works with government, industry and academic stakeholders across four streams of activity:

  • Projects – providing strategic design advice on major public projects.
  • Policy –developing policy and practice frameworks to improve the quality of the built environment.
  • Advocacy – promoting the value of good design through research, training, guidance and events.
  • Design Review - independent expert analysis and informed assessment of proposals.

Rebecca Moore - Government Architect

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She has held key roles at the Australian Institute of Architects and was an examiner with the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia for a number of years.
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Rebecca is Chair of the State Design Review Panel, playing a significant role in the design review of major government projects and those submitted as part of the COVID-19 economic stimulus program. Rebecca also sits on the following committees:

  • Capital City Planning Committee
  • City of Perth Design Advisory Committee
  • AUDRC Board

Melinda Payne - Associate to the Government Architect

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As Associate to the Government Architect, Melinda manages the project, policy and advocacy activities of the OGA.

In this capacity she has provided strategic design advice on major state projects such as the new Perth Stadium, the WA Museum Boola Bardip and Elizabeth Quay development, as well as leading several significant design and planning policy initiatives. Before joining the public service, she had a 10-year architectural practice career and was involved in significant education and civic projects awarded by both the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

She has expertise in strategic design, governance and procurement in the built environment. In addition to teaching and design jury roles at both The University of Western Australia and Curtin University schools of architecture, she has written on design for industry and wider audiences.

Government Architects Network of Australia

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The OGA is a member of the Government Architects Network of Australia (GANA) which comprises membership from around Australia.

GANA members share a commitment to improving the quality of the built environment and ensuring that good design benefits the community. The network meets twice annually to discuss common interests, pertinent built environment issues and related activities. Officer level communication between GA offices occurs on a regular basis. Further information about other GANA members is available from the links below: 


Government Architect of New South Wales

Victorian Office of the Government Architect

Office for Design and Architecture South Australia

Office of Queensland Government Architect

Contact Us

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Office of the Government Architect 
PO Box 2506 Perth, Western Australia  6001
(08) 6551 8002 - please ask for the Executive Assistant to the Government Architect.

Page reviewed 4 January 2022