State Design Review Panel

The State Design Review Panel is an independent, expert design review panel.

The Panel is a committee of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and was formally established on 3 April 2019 in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2005 (clause 1, schedule 2). It is administered by the Office of the Government Architect.

About the State Design Review Panel

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The State Design Review Panel is a multi-disciplinary panel of highly-experienced built environment professionals from industry and government that provides independent advice on the design quality of major development proposals.

Chaired by the Government Architect, the design review Panel provides advice to government agencies, decision-makers and proponents, including the WA Planning Commission.

Projects eligible for review by the State Design Review Panel include significant or strategic public works, infrastructure projects and other major development proposals. Statutory decision-makers may also refer significant private sector projects for consideration by the Panel.

Reviews conducted by the Panel supports the implementation of the State Government’s Design WA policies and guidelines – placing good design at the heart of all development. The design principles outlined in State Planning Policy 7 Design of the Built Environment form the basis of the Panel’s advice.

The State Design Review Panel offers a ‘best practice’ model for design review in Western Australia and a benchmark for local government design review panels.

Expressions of interest

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Nominations closed on Wednesday 23 February 2022. 

Green Building Council of Australia endorsement for Green Star – Communities

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The Western Australia State Design Review Panel process has been endorsed as a fully independent design review process, subject to other Green Star Compliance Requirements being met. In addition, the Western Australian State Planning Policy 7.0 design principles have been developed in line with the Green Star- Communities v1.1 Site Planning & Layout and Urban Design terms of reference. This applies to Green Star projects based in Western Australia only.

Project eligibility

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Projects eligible for review by the State Design Review Panel include significant or strategic public works, infrastructure projects and other major development proposals. Statutory decision-makers may also refer significant private sector projects for consideration by the Panel.

The Government Architect and the Chairman of the WAPC will determine which projects are accepted for review. Consideration will be given to the following factors when determining whether a referral to the State Design Review Panel is approved:

  • Location: the project is located in an area that has particular importance and/or sensitivity, whether this be historic, environmental, or relating to a particular character or use
  • Prominence: the project is situated on a prominent site, with high levels of public visibility and/or political sensitivity
  • Complexity: there are complex challenges to overcome that require a sophisticated design response
  • Precedence: the project establishes a precedent for a type of development within an area.

The Panel may consider requests from Ministers, the WAPC, the Heritage Council of WA and other government agencies.

A request for State Design Review Panel review can be made by completing the Design Review Request Form. The request will be assessed against the eligibility criteria. The Government Architect and the Chairman of the WAPC will have discretion in respect of approving which projects are accepted for review.

Design Review Request Form

About design review

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Design review is the process of independently evaluating the design quality of a built environment proposal.

Design review is undertaken by a multi-disciplinary group of built environment professionals with experience in offering objective and constructive design advice. 

Design review provides independent expert analysis and informed assessment of proposals, guided by a set of performance-based design principles. It offers feedback and observations that will lead to the improvement of proposals, but does not seek to directly redesign them.

Engaging in design review improves the design quality of projects and can expedite the planning process, leading to the quicker delivery of high-quality buildings and places that provide a wide range of benefits to occupants, neighbours and the broader community. A performance-based approach provides the flexibility required for complex proposals. Run collaboratively, and with projects in the hands of skilled designers, design review often results in a more efficient approvals process.

For design review to be effective, it should be:

  • Independent
  • Expert 
  • Multi-disciplinary 
  • Accountable 
  • Transparent 
  • Proportionate 
  • Timely 
  • Advisory 
  • Objective 
  • Accessible. 

More information about design review is available in the Design Review Guide and in a video outlining the benefits.

Design Review Guide (PDF 7 MB)

For more information on the State Design Review Panel, email Manager, State Design Review Panel or call 6551 9748.

At what stage of a project should design review occur?

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Design review should begin well before a development application is submitted.

It is strongly recommended the initial design review occurs as early in the design process as possible (i.e. during the concept design stage) to ensure the proponent can apply the advice offered at a stage where the design is flexible enough to incorporate change without impacting on time and cost constraints.

Early design review offers the opportunity to increase the value and quality of a design proposal before the cost of changes outweighs the benefits gained. A well-run design review process that promotes early design review can improve the design quality of built outcomes and reduce project costs. It also helps identify risks early; provide support for design concepts prior to investment in detailed design; and expedite development application approvals following panel endorsement. 

Benefits of design review

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For the wider community

Design review offers independent expert advice and is undertaken in the public interest. Benefits to the community include assurance that new developments will make a positive contribution to the public realm, adjacent development and the surrounding context.  It can also assist in developing community confidence in urban infill development that will support the development and viability of neighbourhood centres.

For design teams

A design review can confirm the validity of design approaches early, before detailed design occurs. The team can receive constructive, independent advice including recommendations for change early on in the project, when it is most likely to be useful and more easily implemented – that is, before too many project variables are set. The project team can also receive support for good design and innovative proposals.

For developers

Developers receive expert independent advice on the design quality of their project, providing the flexibility needed to pursue improved outcomes. Design review can reduce risks and the cost of delays in the planning process that can result from inadequate design quality in a project. Review can identify the weaknesses within the design at the earliest opportunity, when changes are less costly. Design review increases the confidence of clients and designers to pursue innovative solutions.

For local governments

Design review enables local government to ensure that developers and design teams prioritise design quality and are encouraged to produce high-quality buildings and public spaces that meet local objectives and are of benefit to their communities. Design review helps local government recognise outstanding and innovative design, supports them in resisting poor design, and gives them a practical means of understanding where improvements need to be made.

For State government decision makers

Decision makers (within State government agencies, Development Assessment Panels and others) can benefit from design review by gaining expert, independent advice on the design quality of a proposal. Design review will also enable the recognition of good design outcomes and, when advising on the exercising of discretion, the appropriate weight that might be applied to outstanding or innovative solutions that benefit the area. It will also provide confidence in resisting poor design that fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of an area and the way it functions.

Training and support

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The State Design Review Panel support team will provide twice-yearly information and training sessions for local government design review panel members and planning staff.

Local Government Information Session November 2019 (PDF 1 MB)

These sessions will likely be held in March and September each year. The team will also provide information to assist local government authorities establish their own design review panels and conduct panel inductions in line with the Design WA Design Review Guide.

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) will provide information for local government elected members.

For more information on the State Design Review Panel, email Manager, State Design Review Panel or call 6551 9748.

Frequently asked questions

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What is the role of the State Design Review Panel?

The State Design Review Panel draws on a pool of expert built environment professionals from industry and government to provide independent advice on the design quality of major and strategic development proposals. The panel supports the implementation of the State Government’s Design WA initiative – the suite of policies and guidelines that place good design at the heart of all new development. Design principals outlined in State Planning Policy 7 Design of the Built Environment form the basis of the panel’s advice.

Who sits on the State Design Review Panel?

The State Design Review Panel is chaired by the Government Architect and comprises a pool of 50 panel members from the disciplines of planning, architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, heritage, sustainability, engineering and public health. The pool was established following a national Expression of Interest process.

What types of projects will be reviewed by the State Design Review Panel?

The State Review Design Panel was established to enhance the quality of major, significant or strategically important development proposals.

Projects eligible for review by the State Design Review Panel include significant or strategic public works, infrastructure projects and other major development proposals. Statutory decision-makers may also refer significant private sector projects for consideration by the panel.

The Government Architect will determine which projects are accepted for design review. Consideration will be given to the following when determining if a project’s referral to the State Design Review Panel is appropriate:

  • Location: is the project located in an area that has particular importance and/or sensitivity, whether this be historic, environmental, or relating to a particular character or use?
  • Prominence: is the project situated on a prominent site, with high levels of public visibility and/or political sensitivity?
  • Complexity: are there complex challenges to overcome that require a sophisticated design response?
  • Precedence: does the project establish a precedent for a type of development within an area?

The Panel will also review private sector projects when referred from a local government authority or statutory decision-maker; and may consider a request from a Joint Development Assessment Panel to assist its decision making.

How does the State design Review Panel process work?

The Government Architect will determine which referred projects are accepted for review; and will convene a panel of relevant members to conduct a design review for the project and make recommendations as required.

The design review process will assess how well the proposal meets the good design principles outlined in SPP7.0 – Design of the Built Environment. Design review is an interactive process where designers respond to recommendations from the Panel to progressively improve a project. In making recommendations to enhance project design quality, the Panel does not seek to directly redesign a proposal.

The Panel’s advice will be provided to the relevant planning authority or decision-maker and the proponents, for their consideration. Decision-makers are to have ‘due regard’ for the State Design Review Panel’s advice in their deliberations.

How are State Design Review Panel reviews structured?

Panel meetings twice weekly as needed. Reviewer expertise will be tailored to the attributes of the project and an agreed quorum for the Panel will be required for the session to proceed. Project information and drawing material will be circulated one to two weeks prior to the review session. The design review session involves a presentation from the design team followed by Panel review and discussion. Design review advice and recommendations are summarised in a report, which is issued within 10 working days of the review.

What are the 10 design principles used to guide the design review process?

State Planning Policy 7.0 Design of the Built Environment (SPP7.0) outlines a set of performance-based design principles that, when used together, create a broad definition of ‘good design’. These have been developed from well-recognised national and international precedents and adjusted to suit the Western Australian context. These principles form the basis for design review assessment and are outlined below:

1.0 Context and character

2.0 Landscape quality

3.0 Built form and scale

4.0 Functionality and build quality

5.0 Sustainability

6.0 Amenity

7.0 Legibility

8.0 Safety

9.0 Community

10.0 Aesthetics  

Can a proponent refer their own project to the State Design Review Panel?

No.  A referral from the relevant statutory authority will be considered by the Office of the Government Architect in relation to the eligibility criteria and acceptance for review will be at the discretion of the Government Architect.

What is the status of State Design Review Panel advice?

The State Design Review Panel provides advice and does not have a decision-making function. The Panel advises on the design quality of proposals with reference to the Design Principles of SPP7.0, supporting State Planning Policies, and any relevant local planning schemes and policies.  Decision-makers are to give ‘due regard’ to the advice of the State Design Review Panel in their deliberations.

Is there a cost associated with using the State Design Review Panel?

There is currently no cost to applicants or decision-makers associated with accessing the review service provided by the State Design Review Panel. Please note that COVID-19 stimulus projects referred to the SDRP through the State Development Assessment Unit (SDAU), incur a fee for reviews. Please see the SDAU website for more information.

How often does the State Design Review Panel meet?

The State Design Review Panel meetings occur twice weekly as required by project referrals. One project is reviewed per panel session.

What is the difference between the State Design Review Panel and design review panels coordinated by local government?

Around two thirds of metropolitan local governments already have, or are establishing design review panels and are increasingly using design review to assess and improve proposals prior to them being lodged for development approval. The State Design Review Panel and the majority of local government panels use the same process for review – utilising the 10 design principles from State Planning Policy 7 – Design of the Built Environment as the basis for advice.

Can local government use State Design Review panel members to undertake reviews?

In the absence of its own design review panel, a local government can request a full design review from the State Design Review Panel (subject to the eligibility of the project), and may also request recommendations for State Design Review Panel members with relevant project experience to provide review services.

Local government representatives are welcome to contact the Office of the Government Architect to discuss their specific requirements. Engagement of any State Design Review Panel member remains subject to local government procurement obligations.

Why do we need a design review process?

Engaging in design review improves the overall quality of development proposals. Complex projects benefit from the review process as it can help identify potential issues or concerns earlier in the project timeline, ultimately paving the way for a smoother journey through the planning system. It also encourages innovation as proponents have the benefit of expert advice.

What is the role of design review in the planning system?

Integrating design review into the planning system is a key component in the implementation of Design WA’s State Planning Policy 7 – Design of the Built Environment. The early engagement of design advice can help to shorten planning and development approval processes by helping to address issues at an earlier stage of a project’s development.

Is design review part of Design WA?

The inclusion of an expert design review process is a key feature of Design WA, which seeks to elevate the role of good design to ensure it is at the centre of all new development projects. Design WA recognises that critical and creative thinking is needed to improve outcomes as our urban areas grow and intensify.

How does design review assist with the SPP7.0 performance-based approach?

The State Planning Policy 7 – Design of the Built Environment principles help to identify design objectives to be met within a project without prescribing how to achieve them. A performance-based approach allows the flexibility for developers and designers to produce innovative solutions to design challenges and to better reconcile brief requirements to the complexities of site and context. Design review is an essential component of this approach, in providing the expert qualitative judgement required to determine whether performance outcomes have been achieved in a given proposal.

Meet the Panel members

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Chaired by the Government Architect, the State Design Review Panel comprises a pool of 50 members with a range of built environment expertise.  

There are 37 experts from the four core disciplines of planning, architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, as well as a further group of 13 specialists with expertise in heritage, sustainability, engineering, public health, ecology, law, assessment frameworks and public art.  The pool was selected through a national Expression of Interest process. 

The current term of appointment extends to the 31st of December 2021.

State Design Review Panel member biographies (PDF 6 MB)


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David Barr

David Barr

Director David Barr Architects

David Barr is a registered architect and director of David Barr Architects, which he founded in 2010. David’s practice works across small, medium and large-scale residential projects, exploring how housing can be adapted to suit Western Australia in the twenty first century.

David has significant experience with design review, having taken part in professional, government and academic review panels throughout his career. He sits on two local government design review panels and has served as a design tutor at local universities. More recently, he was part of specialist consultant teams that contributed to the Design WA Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments, and the draft Design WA Precinct Design Guidelines.

David’s keen interest in the quality of the built environment is premised on the observation that it affects us all daily and shapes who we are and how we live. He believes having a diverse design review panel of independent professionals will instil wide community confidence that significant built environment proposals are rigorously and fairly reviewed, while promoting liveable, accessible, sustainable cities; places for future generations.

Philip Gresley

Philip Gresley 

Director Gresley Abas 

Architect Philip Gresley is a founding director of firm Gresley Abas and has cross-disciplinary experience in urban design and planning, landscape architecture, master-planning and public art. 

Philip has wide project experience in developments ranging in scale and has been involved in several design review panels, including those for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, LandCorp and the cities of Bayswater, Fremantle and Stirling. He was also a lead consultant team member on the Design WA Residential Design Codes – Volume 2, Apartments. 

Throughout his career Philip has served in design educator roles at the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University and as a juror for the Australian Institute of Architects. He has also been Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Urban Design Committee and educational advisor at the Australian Urban Design Centre. 

As Western Australia’s population grows, Philip believes it is critical that quality design is an integral part of planning and building procurement frameworks. He sees the State Design Review Panel as a foundation stone in the quest to improve design quality in WA so that planning instruments such as Design WA can benefit from rigorous design assessment at the earliest stages of a project. 

As a member of the State Design Review Panel Philip hopes to help make a difference in guiding design proposals to create a contextual response – to the past, present and future.

Elisabetta (Libby) Guj

Elisabetta (Libby) Guj 

Principal Elisabetta Guj Architecture Design Art 

Consultant Libby Guj is a multi-award-winning architect specialising in higher education design. 

Libby is a past director and principal of Jones Coulter Young and is a regular juror for the Design Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects. She was awarded a Black Moon Award by Edith Cowan University and Kurongkurl Katitjin for her contribution to architecture and dedication to Aboriginal community. 

Libby’s work focuses strongly on education, civic, not for profit, social and public housing, cultural projects involving Aboriginal communities, the arts, as well as broader community and infrastructure projects. She has held posts as an educator at Curtin University and The University of Western Australia where she has been a tutor, end of year juror and invited speaker. 

Libby believes the greatest strength of the State Design Review Panel is the exceptional diversity of its members, which recognises the need to view every project from multiple perspectives and look far beyond the boundaries of place and time.

Paul Jones

Paul Jones 

Regional Director (Hong Kong) OMA Australia 

Paul Jones is an Australian Architect and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, with over 25 years’ experience working across Australia and internationally in both the public and private sectors. 

A director at OMA, Paul has been exposed to international architecture and urban thinking, exploring contemporary strategies and approaches through different places and cultures. Paul’s previous work experience also includes master planning, urban design, cultural, heritage preservation, research, education, sport, entertainment, commercial and residential projects. He is currently involved with the New South Wales Government Architect review processes. 

Paul believes that design quality matters, that critical thinking adds value, and, that project pragmatics can be enhanced and balanced with a considered approach. 

He is looking forward to contributing to the State Design Review Panel as he believes future places can become a positive differentiator that creates social, economic and environmental activation.

David Karotkin

David Karotkin 

Managing Director Carabiner Architects 

David Karotkin joins the State Design Review Panel with over 30 years’ experience from a career spanning the United Kingdom, Israel, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has worked on diverse projects in master-planning, education precincts, heritage, waterside developments and public works. 

David is an awarded architect who believes in the power of a well-designed built environment to improve peoples’ lives. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and a recipient of the American Institute of Architects (Hon) Presidential Medal. 

Currently Managing Director at Perth-based Carabiner Architects, he specialises in the design of public buildings and places, where people interact and communities can flourish. 

David was elected to be the WA State President of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2011, and in 2014 he became the National President. He has also served on design review panels for the Town of Cambridge, the cities of Perth and Stirling, and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. 

He believes with the introduction of performance-based design guidelines, it is critical that development proposals are reviewed by experts with capacity to evaluate designs and determine if they will achieve the defined objectives. 

As part of the State Design Review Panel, David is looking forward to encouraging proponents to come up with innovative, and uniquely Western Australian, design responses to deliver excellent outcomes on significant projects throughout the state.

Patrick Kosky

Patrick Kosky

Director Kerry Hill Architects 

Patrick Kosky is a director at Australian architectural firm, Kerry Hill Architects and brings 18 years of significant project experience to the State Design Review Panel. 

Patrick’s previous work includes project architect at the City of Perth Library and Kings Square, Fremantle and deputy member of the City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2016 and a presiding member from 2016 to 2018. 

Patrick graduated with first class honours from the University of Western Australia. Throughout his career he has served as a juror for UWA’s prestigious George Temple Poole Award and as a member on Australian Institute of Architects juries in 2013, 2015 and 2017. 

Patrick is looking forward to contributing to the State Design Review Panel as he believes design review is an important part of the planning and approval process for new developments, enabling the approving authority to understand the design merits of proposals and consequently making more informed decisions. 

By making design quality part of the approval process Patrick believes this will lead to buildings and developments that are sustainable, adaptable and most importantly, valued by the community.

Will Lakin

Will Lakin 

Director BUDE Architects 

Will Lakin is an award-winning architect and master-planner, and Director of BUDE Architects. 

A design leader and practice manager with a passion for his profession, William has built a career portfolio of city-making architecture and master-planning with heritage. 

Will’s career has been shaped through projects in Hong Kong and China and academic posts at design schools in the UK and at Curtin University and The University of Western Australia. He has also worked in an advisory capacity to government bodies on master-planning with heritage. 

Will brings to the State Design Review Panel his previous design review experience, having served on the UK South-West Design Review Panel for five years and chaired the Youth Design Review Panel in Bristol. 

With experience in contemporary architecture in complex and sensitive environments, William is well-placed to contribute to the State Design Review Panel, which he believes will significantly increase the quality of schemes progressed in Western Australia.

Morag Lee

Morag Lee 

Senior Associate HASSELL Perth 

Morag Lee is a Senior Associate with HASSELL Perth whose career has revolved around the healthcare sector spanning across Europe, USA, Singapore and Qatar. 

With architectural qualifications that includes a Masters of Arts in Health Building Planning, Management and Design, Morag moved to Perth in 2006 to take up the role as medical planning lead on the Fiona Stanley Hospital project. 

Since her return to Western Australia Morag has seen Perth change dramatically, and believes the ongoing possibilities of the city cannot be underestimated. Morag wants to capitalise on the many opportunities the city has to offer and believes it is important to draw on the full spectrum of skills, experience and expertise available within the industry. 

Morag is looking forward to contributing to the State Design Review Panel to ensure it pushes for exemplary design – and that it remains high on the agenda in this time of intense growth and development in Western Australia.

Peter Lee

Peter Lee 

Director HASSELL Perth 

Peter Lee is an International Director of HASSELL and is responsible for leading a multidisciplinary international design team engaged in a di-verse range of major local, national and international projects. 

Having worked on many award-winning projects including Optus Stadium, 140 William St, The Westin, ABC (East Perth) and Brookfield Place, Peter specialises in strategic planning, project team coordination, landscape architecture, placemaking, master-planning and urban design. 

Peter is an adjunct Professor of Curtin University and has worked with peak industry bodies in the fields of architecture and urban design. He has a strong interest in integrated planning and was a founding director of the Planning Group and member of the Metropolitan Regional Authority design review panel. 

Currently working on projects that will further transform Perth – Waterbank, Belmont Racecourse Masterplan, along with Chevron Tower and lots 5 & 6 at Elizabeth Quay, Peter has always had a focus on multidisciplinary practice. 

Peter hopes to bring his constructive critique and previous panel experience to the design review panel.

Geoffrey London

Geoffrey London 

Professor of Architecture School of Design The University of Western Australia 

Geoffrey London joins the design panel with extensive experience as a former Government Architect of both Western Australia and Victoria. He is currently Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia School of Design where he has also served as Dean and Head of School. He is also chair of the City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee. 

Geoffrey’s significant design review experience involves the implementation and chairing of the Victorian Design Review Panel and advising Western Australian local government authorities on the establishment of their design review panels. Through these roles and participation in many other design review panels, he has developed great trust in the review process to assist in achieving better quality buildings and places. 
Geoffrey is an active researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and has had a long-term professional interest in medium density housing and forms of delivery that provide more affordability and better design outcomes. 

He is a Fellow of The University of Melbourne, an adjunct professor at Monash University, a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, a previous WA Chapter President, and an honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the State Design Review Panel.

Christopher Maher

Christopher Maher

National Director Urban Design Hames Sharley Architects

Christopher Maher is National Director and Portfolio leader for Hames Sharley’s urban development portfolio with a thirty-year career spanning the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally.

Christopher’s well-rounded experience has seen him design and deliver significant integrated developments across residential, commercial, hospitality, education and health, earning him accolades along the way.

Christopher has significant experience with design review as a current member of design review panels for several State and local government organisations. He believes successful design must interchange with built form, street and wider neighbourhood or landscape settings, and consider the dynamics between society, history, governance, planning and economics.

With qualifications that include a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (with Honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, Christopher intends to use his role to encourage and challenge applicants to improve and evolve their design for the benefit of the community.

Carolyn Marshall

Carolyn Marshall

Previous Principal Architect Building Works Authority, Department of Finance

Carolyn Marshall is a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects with a Masters in World Heritage and Sustainability and an accreditation from Green Building Council of Australia.

Now retired, Carolyn’s career spans both public and private practice and includes roles as Principal Architect at the Building Works Authority, elected member to the Town of Claremont council and a State Administrative Tribunal member. Her extensive experience also included work on significant projects around the world in England, West Samoa and Germany.

Carolyn is keen to bring her experience and passion for sustainability to the design review panel to ensure all buildings are energy efficient and have been designed to ensure comfortable conditions, low operational emissions and include smart water, energy and waste initiatives. She believes buildings and spaces between buildings should be inspirational, pleasurable, green, low maintenance and protect cultural heritage values, as well as being contextually responsive and sustainable over a minimum 50-year life cycle.

Carolyn hopes to see the design panel focus the creation of the built environment on social, environmental, cultural and economic requirements that has the needs of people as its central focus.

Jennie Officer

Jennie Officer

Director Officer Woods

Jennie is a founding director at Officer Woods Architects and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Western Australia.

Jennie is a previous winner of the WA State Emerging Architect award (2010) and The Gil Nicol Travel Prize (2013) for enhancement of the built environment in Western Australia. She makes regular contributions to architectural dialogue and knowledge by review, presentation and publication, and has served as a jury member at both State and National level for peer-reviewed awards programs. She is a current member of the City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee.

Jennie places high importance on design review as it foregrounds design quality through both process and form. Through the process of design review, the term design quality will be interrogated, explored and articulated, leading to better informed assessments on design and promoting confidence for both authorities and proponents.

She hopes to make a difference in serving on the State Design Review Panel by working constructively with diverse professionals and drawing on strong disciplinary knowledge without bias. She looks forward to fresh approaches that strongly engage with design value, improve existing practices and apply the design principles of DesignWA.

Shelley Penn

Shelley Penn

Principal Shelley Penn Architect

Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-based architect and urbanist who has had her practice recognised through architecture awards, publication and exhibition.

Shelley is Adjunct Professor in Architecture Practice at Monash University and Associate Professor in Architecture at Melbourne University. She is a member of the State Design Review Panels for Victoria, NSW and the ACT.

With 20 years’ experience providing strategic design advice to government and the private sector, Shelley’s current roles include Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Advisory Board member Office of Projects Victoria and Women’s Property Initiatives, and membership on Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee (Victoria). Her past roles include chair of the National Capital Authority, national president of the Australian Institute of Architects and associate Victorian Government Architect. In 2014, Shelley was named an AFR/Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the public policy category.

Shelley is driven by an enduring commitment to enriching culture, improving social outcomes and sustainability through the quality of the built environment. Through her involvement with the Western Australian State Design Review Panel, Shelley hopes to further those goals by providing meaningful insights that assist in advancing design proposals.

Shelley sees design review as a critical element in the procurement of high quality projects and will bring her breadth of government knowledge combined with hands-on experience to her role on the State Design Review Panel.

Alf Seeling

Alf Seeling

Senior Associate Architectus

Alf Seeling is a senior associate at Architectus in Perth, where his key focus is on design and client relationships.

After graduating from Curtin University (WAIT) Alf spent a decade working in Austria, UK and Japan with Ernst Giselbrecht, Eilfred Huth and then Lord Norman Foster before returning to Australia in 1996.

Alf joined Woods Bagot in 2000 and was based in the United Arab Emirates where he led the design of an extensive list of significant works, including the Qatar Science and Technology Park, the Masdar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi and the Nakheel Harbour and Tower in Dubai, which at upwards of 1,100 metres remains the world’s tallest building to have commenced construction.

In recent years, Alf has been involved in several design reviews for Government and private organisations. As a member of the Advisory Group for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Alf contributed to the deliberations on the One World Trade Centre project in New York being accepted as the tallest building in North America.

According to Alf, significant buildings generally have a wide and lasting impact on our overall built environment. Healthy, collaborative design reviews can contribute to ensuring they are the best they can be.

Dominic Snellgrove

Dominic Snellgrove

Managing Director Cameron Chisholm and Nicol WA

In a career spanning three decades, Dominic Snellgrove has extensive experience in multi-dwelling residential, aged care, commercial, office and retail design and has a strong focus on ensuring developments are sustainable.

A graduate of the Architectural Association (UK), Dominic launched his career in the Berlin studio of Professor OM Ungers. On returning to London in 1994 he worked on low energy sustainable office buildings before moving to Sydney in 1997. There, he was the concept and design architect for ‘30 The Bond’ – the first 5 Star ABGR and 5 Star Green Star office building in Australia.

Dominic joined multi-award-winning Cameron Chisholm Nicol in 2004 and appointed Managing Director in 2014. He was the Project and Design Director for the award-winning Perth Arena, a joint-venture collaboration with Melbourne-based architects ARM.

An active member of the Property Council, Dominic has sat on design panels for the cities of Wanneroo, Stirling, Bayswater, Cockburn, Melville, Subiaco and Fremantle. He has also served in design education roles across several Australian universities and has been a juror for the Australian Institute of Architects and a competition assessor on projects such as Kings Square in the Perth CBD.

Dominic is interested in the way design review elevates the importance of design considerations in the planning process and facilitates a collaborative process in the early stages of a project that seeks to benefit the proponent, the community and the built environment.

Emma Williamson

Emma Williamson

CEO The Fulcrum Agency

As a founding partner and CEO of an innovative design practice that leverages community and social outcomes through evidence-based design thinking, Emma Williamson is well-versed in taking a wider view on the design of communities.

With more than twenty years’ experience stemming from a background in architecture and interiors, Emma is skilled in considering how a project of any scale responds to its community and urban context. A focus of her practice is to balance design, advocacy, research and action to address inequality, create impact and find opportunity across Australia.

Emma is the State Advisor on the new WA Museum project and has worked on the award-winning Broome Structure Plan, Elizabeth Quay Kiosk and the Murdoch University–Mandurah campus masterplan. She also has a strong publishing history and regularly presents at panels and conferences.

Emma is a passionate advocate of the value of good design and the role that expert design review panels can play in ensuring quality built environments. She currently sits on design review panel for cities of Canning, Stirling and Rockingham and has seen first-hand how they support better design outcomes.

Emma sees Western Australia as being at a turning point of transformation that offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to establish well designed, thriving communities to long-serve future generations. She views the State Design Review Panel as a welcome conduit between State and local government, architects, and developers that seeks the best possible outcomes for our growing cities and towns.


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Peter Ciemitis

Peter Ciemitis

Principal RobertsDay

Peter Ciemitis brings almost 40 years of urban design and planning experience and artistic aesthetics to the State Design Review Panel.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Studies from Curtin University. He was the recipient of the 1999 inaugural Russell Taylor Award for Excellence in Urban Design and the 2014 PIA WA Planner of the Year.

Currently Principal with RobertsDay, Peter has had a varied career spanning urban design and has served on close to 20 boards and panels over the years, including 10 years on the City of Perth Design Advisory Committee. He is also a practicing artist and has represented Australia in several international exhibitions and biennales and is represented in major museums around the world.

Peter believes the value of design review is in its ability to overcome the limitations of the statutory system and allow genuinely exceptional levels of design to be reached.

He also hopes to bring a place and people focus to his role on the panel through his extensive experience working within community orientated design processes, with a passionate interest in people-based design.

Robina Crook

Robina Crook

Associate Hassell

As an Associate in a leading international architecture and urban design firm, Robina Crook has led many diverse and complex urban design projects. Robina possesses a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, in addition to complementary business and design qualifications. Currently Robina is also a deputy member of the City of Perth Design Advisory Committee.

Robina’s interest in being part of the State Design Review Panel emanates from her belief that human experience should be at centre of the design decision-making process and that a design review process will provide a forum in which proposed design solutions can be tested across established principles.

Robina’s experience with large, complex projects and the balance of responsibilities that they must achieve – amenity, market constraints, stakeholder needs, the wider community context – will be well exercised in her contributions to the Panel.

Robina brings a deep understanding about the role played by community perception and the cultural shift required, as Western Australia and Perth in particular, moves toward more densified living to accommodate an increasing population.

Through her involvement with the State Design Review Panel, Robina would like to contribute to the formation of a unique urban sense of place embraced by community, and support better design outcomes that will help alleviate community concerns about the changing face of our urban environments.

Tim Dawkins

Tim Dawkins

Director Town Planning, Urbis

Urbis director and Chair of the Property Council’s Planning Committee Tim Dawkins is a town planner with experience across both the public and private sectors in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.

Tim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney. He joined property advisory company Urbis in 2008 where he helped establish the Perth office into one Western Australia’s largest planning operations.

Throughout his career Tim has worked on diverse projects in the commercial, education, health, aged care and retail spheres, and on urban regeneration projects in metropolitan Perth including the Shenton Park Hospital Redevelopment (Montario Quarter). He was the principal author of the State Government’s 2010 review of R-Codes. More recently, he has contributed to the development of the State Government’s Apartment Guide policy, and is currently involved in the preparation of the Precinct Design policy.

Tim is passionate about good design and believes it is time it has a more central role in the conception and assessment of development in Western Australia. He is of the view that good design should not be slavish to planning rules, but must acknowledge them and have a relationship back to context – that it responds to its location and setting, and demonstrates an understanding of the future desired form of an area.

Tim’s urban planning knowledge will readily complement other State Design Review Panel members with formal design practice and experience. In particular, his extensive design review experience from the applicant’s side, will offer understanding of a proponent’s core drivers and requirements; where compromise can exist, whereas other elements may be less flexible.

Karen Hyde

Karen Hyde

Senior Associate Taylor Burrell Barnett

Karen Hyde is a Senior Associate at Taylor Burrell Barnett with more than 30 years’ specialist experience across private sector consulting and government departments in Western Australia and the United Kingdom. She has a wealth of strategic and statutory planning expertise in urban regeneration, greenfield developments and development assessment.

Karen is a registered planner and member of the Planning Institute of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Town and Country Planning from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and has completed the IAP2 certificate of engagement.

Karen is an active advocate for good planning and design outcomes and provides planning and development advice on several government and peak body committees.

Denise Morgan

Denise Morgan

Senior Planner Creative Design + Planning

Denise Morgan is a registered planner with more than 30 years’ experience in the planning and development industry in WA.

A Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Denise is driven by a belief that the built environment can and should contribute positively to the human experience through the creation of robust and quality built outcomes, respect for natural systems, promotion of equity, cultural diversity and creativity and economic vitality.

Denise believes poor design is a waste of valuable resources and an impediment to quality of life. She places great importance on finding a balance between the needs of the population and the needs of the environment that supports us, in both the short and long term.

Denise has seen the value of design review through her previous design review panel participation and is looking forward to contributing to the State Design Review Panel where she believes genuine and collaborative consultation on proposals will raise the bar for the benefit of everyone.

Rachel Pleasant

Rachel Pleasant

Senior Strategic Planner City of Cockburn

Rachel Pleasant brings a multidisciplinary lens to the State Design Review Panel, holding a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), and Masters in both Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Design – as well as a background in landscape design.

Her strategic planning design experience combined with an MBA bring together both design and business acumen, ensuring a holistic insight into the complexities of the built environment. She also has an interest in creative problem solving including exploring the potential of scenario planning for local governments.

Currently employed at the City of Cockburn, Rachel maintains a strong connection to academia through her lecturing at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.

Rachel is passionate about promoting research, knowledge and collaborative processes to improve our environment with good design. She also believes that design review panels play a bigger role than simply reviewing, with their function extending to addressing the social components of design, relationship-building, communication and design education.

Rachel believes the State Design Review Panel has an important leadership role to play in promoting improved design outcomes and processes through the sharing of information and experiences. She hopes to make a difference by sharing her experience and knowledge gained through the State Design Review Panel, with local governments.

Landscape Architecture

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Tony Blackwell

Tony Blackwell

Managing Director Blackwell & Associates

Tony formally commenced his professional career in Sydney where he worked for Bruce Mackenzie on projects such as Sir Joseph Banks Park on the shores of Botany Bay, the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra and Brisbane International Airport.

In 1987, wishing to pursue his own design direction and seeing an opportunity in Perth, he established the, now multiple award-winning, design practice Blackwell & Associates. He is also an adjunct professor at UWA.

Over the 40+ year course of his professional career Tony’s motivation has shifted from a focus on ‘pure design’ to a deeper interest in how designers can help to improve not only the environment in which we dwell, but also public health and wellbeing in the process.

He believes that Design Review Panels extend these opportunities and benefits as presented through a collaborative design process to the ultimate benefit of the broader community, leaving a positive and enduring legacy for future generations.

Natalie Busch

Natalie Busch

Principal HASSELL Perth

Natalie Busch is a Senior Associate and Practice Leader for Landscape Architecture at HASSELL in Perth. She is an Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture registered architect with a keen interest and experience in social projects that give back to the community in the health, tertiary education, aged care and multi-residential sectors.

Natalie believes people need to feel comfortable, safe, inspired, intrigued and empowered by their physical surroundings and we need to plan cities that promote health and social wellbeing for all residents.

As WA’s population grows Natalie is a strong advocate for the need to focus on how our built environment can alleviate the general and mental health challenges that lie ahead, in a sustainable and resilient manner.

Natalie believes the State Design Review Panel provides an opportunity to facilitate and enable quality design that will make a difference to the way cities are planned in order to promote health and social wellbeing for all residents.

Kate Cullity

Kate Cullity

Director TCL Landscape Architects

Kate Cullity is the founding director of TLC landscape architecture firm and comes with over 28 years’ experience in urban masterplans, garden development and regional projects in national parks.

Kate’s background in botany and strong interest in horticulture has led to her being involved in the design of private and public gardens throughout Australia. She has worked on award-winning projects including Victoria Square in Adelaide and the Australian Garden, which won the 2013 World Architecture Festival Landscape of the Year award. She has also worked as an artist and designer for several art and garden festivals, both in Australia and overseas, and regularly speaks at conferences and symposia.

Kate has taught at both secondary and tertiary institutions and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. In 2013 she completed a PhD at RMIT University, which reflected on 20 years of TCL’s practice, as well her interest in beauty, aesthetics and care and how these qualities can be aligned with creating and appreciating sustainable environments.

Having first-hand experience of a rigorous design review process in South Australia from both sides of the table, Kate believes the State Design Review Panel will develop opportunities and avenues of inquiry as well as provide a valuable checking and critique system, which will encourage a more holistic and integrated outcome, resulting in good design practice. 

Tim Griffiths

Tom Griffiths

Studio Director Aspect Studios Perth

Tom Griffiths brings a creative and strategic approach to complex urban design and public realm projects through his experience in landscape architecture, urban design and master-planning.

Currently a Director at a Perth based studio, Tom has 15 years of experience spanning the globe, from Australia to the Middle East and the United Kingdom.

Working at all scales of the design environment, Tom enjoys developing projects from the conceptual and consultation phases through to leading multidisciplinary teams in the development and delivery of complex projects.

Tom believes the design review process can improve design outcomes, by creating a moment of pause which allows a fresh set of eyes to review a project and ensure that all aspects have been holistically considered and delivered in a way that benefits all stakeholders.

Through his contribution to the State Design Review Panel, Tom hopes to bring a ground-up approach to design evaluation that reveals the essential qualities of a place and enhance the lives of the people and natural systems in an enduring way.

Shea Hatch

Shea Hatch 

Senior Landscape Architect UDLA

Shea works as a landscape architect with multi-award winning studio UDLA, which specialises in landscape architecture, urban design and community development. She holds a Masters in Public Health, a Bachelor of Conservation and Land Management and is a registered landscape architect.

In addition to her experience working on the delivery of all phases of traditional development and research projects, Shea has also worked in roles in the not-for-profit sector.

Shea believes the built environment is linked to community mental, physical and social health and is an advocate for the delivery of high quality, equitable public realm outcomes that improve community health and wellbeing. She maintains an active role in the design community as a member of the AILA WA executive committee and through ongoing involvement with The University of Western Australia landscape architecture course.

Through the State Design Review Panel, Shea hopes to advocate for the role of good design, especially for at-risk communities, such as lower socio-economic, regional or older populations, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, where the risk factors for poor social and physical health are often compounded by poorly designed environments.

Damien Pericles

Damien Pericles

Director REALMstudios

Damien Pericles joins the State Design Review Panel as an award-winning designer and public realm specialist with over 20 years’ experience.

Damien holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from ETH in Zurich and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from The University of Western Australia and is a founding director of REALMstudios, which has studios in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Damien has worked on high-profile projects including Raine Square Plaza and Laneway, Subiaco’s new Inner-City College, Murdoch Student Hub Upgrade and stage one of Greater Curtin University. His focus on the multidisciplinary field of city making and liveability is guided by core values that entwine urban ecology with community to make better places to live in.

He currently sits on two local Design Review Panels for Canning Bridge and the City of Stirling; and as evidence of his leadership in design, he provided critical landscape advice for the DesignWA Residential Design Codes – Volume 2 Apartments.

Damien is a strong believer that a design process must be inherently collaborative and sees the State Design Review Panel as an opportunity to critically evaluate design proposals by a set of experts that will align these proposals against principles and policies that reflect community values.

Urban Design

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Anthony Duckworth-Smith

Dr Anthony Duckworth-Smith

Consultant Collaborative Place Design / Researcher, Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC)

Anthony Duckworth-Smith is an urban design teacher, practitioner and researcher who has worked in the fields of transport planning, civil engineering and architecture. Through his role at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) at The University of Western Australia, Anthony has developed research to tackle the challenges of growing cities. His specialist areas include defining and communicating the quality of residential environments, and the integration of human needs into public places and projects.

Anthony has recently developed, trialled and applied a number of innovative and engaging participatory design models and games to enable co-creation of urban plans, projects and policy. These tools are aimed at embedding community and stakeholder knowledge and values into urban development to help generate a shared vision.

Anthony believes good design is first and foremost about people. He holds the view that if we focus on human needs and our relationship with the environment then the products of good design will generate places and objects that support and enrich individual and collective lives. It is this purpose, and belief in the importance of good design that motivate Anthony’s engagement with design review.

As a member of the State Design Review Panel, he is pleased to be able to give back some of the knowledge and abilities that have been afforded him through his education, upbringing and experience in Western Australia.

Marion Fredriksson

Marion Fredriksson

Director Marion Fredriksson Design

Architect Marion Fredriksson brings 30 years’ experience in planning, urban design and landscape architecture to the State Design Review Panel.

Currently working as a design consultant, Marion is passionate about issues such as accessibility and transport options, design for all ages and abilities, consideration of future-proofing, sustainability and art and culture in design.

Marion is passionate about leaving a better world for future generations. She thinks urban designers have the power, through good design, to help build communities and keep them engaged, to make safer places and to get people out of their cars.

Marion sees the State Design Review Panel as an opportunity to ensure new projects leave a positive long-term legacy and support broader city planning objectives. She believes that great urban design and master planning is only something that can be achieved by working as a team, of professionals, stakeholders and the community.

Helen Lochhead

Professor Helen Lochhead

Dean Built Environment University of New South Wales

Helen Lochhead is a cross-disciplinary architect and urbanist who combines academic and advisory roles with practice.

Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales and President of the Australian Institute of Architects, Helen’s career to date has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex public projects. These projects have ranged from city improvement programs to major urban regeneration and waterfront projects both in Australia and the United States.

Helen’s expertise is regularly sought on independent planning panels, competition juries and design reviews.

As well her professional contribution to practice, she has been recognised for her leadership through the AIA Marion Mahony Griffin Award, the NAWIC Vision Award and the AIA NSW President’s Prize.

She has also received numerous awards including AIA Urban Design Awards and AILA Urban Design and Sustainability Awards.

Munira Mackay

Munira Mackay

Director MacKay Urban Design

Munira Mackay is an urban designer and an RIBA Chartered Member with over 35 years’ experience. She has worked in government, education and for the past 16 years, in private practice.

Munira developed her passion for urban design at Oxford Brookes University (UK) where she was studied under the authors of Responsive Environments – A Manual for Designers.

Munira recognises that design review ensures that informed and integrated decisions are made about the built environment.

Her previous design review panel experience covers the cities of Vincent, Canning and Wanneroo as well as the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, where she offers urban design comment as a positive counterpoint to solely architecturally or planning focussed opinion, and to support only design quality that responds to and enhances the context.

She believes the State Design Review Panel can actively contribute to high quality design based on the pursuit of good design principles and from a community perspective, delivering projects with an engaging ground level and civic space, residential amenity for liveability, integrated soft landscape and friendly, safe places with character.

Ken Maher

Ken Maher

Fellow, AO

Ken Maher joins the panel with extensive design review experience from his roles as Chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, the Sydney Opera House’s Design Advisory Panel, Landcom’s Design Advisory Panel, the ACT City Renewal Authority’s Design and the Planning and Public Realm Committee.

Ken is also a member of the NSW State Design Review Panel, the ACT National Capital Design Review Panel and the campus Design Excellence Review Panel.

A founding HASSELL Fellow and Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Ken has received the Australian Institute of Architects gold medal and the Australian Award for landscape architecture.

Since 2015, Ken has been president of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and in 2016-2017 he served as National President of the Australian Institute of Architects. In 2018, Ken was appointed as an officer of the Order of Australia.

Ken’s experience spans across urban design, public space, architecture and landscape design.

Ken is a strong believer that design review panels provide significant value in lifting the quality of projects, and improving the relationship between urban design, public space, architecture, and landscape in achieving a sustainable future, while strengthening communities and improving lives.

Hans Oerlemans

Hans Oerlemans

Partner wonder city + landscape

Hans Oerlemans is an award winning urban designer and landscape architect, with almost 30 years’ experience designing urban places, transit-oriented developments, town centres, heritage precincts, diverse residential areas, innovative industrial parks and whole cultural landscapes spanning Europe, Australia, Asia and the USA.

Hans holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture and before immigrating to Australia in 2011, he led the renowned Dutch design firm OKRA landscape architects. Many of his projects have won awards and have been acknowledged in various publications. He has also taught urban design and landscape architecture at various universities and design academies in Amsterdam, San Francisco and Perth.

Hans has seen the success of design review panels in the Netherlands – where they have been in integral to the planning system for more than a century – and the contribution they make to the quality of our built environment, benefiting both the applicants, their designers, users and the wider community.

Reflecting the words of a former Government Architect of the Netherlands, Hans said of design review panels – “Hardly any of us is a genius, but together we can be brilliant”.

Annabelle Pegrum

Annabelle Pegrum AM LFRAIA

Director Pegrum and Associates

Annabelle Pegrum is a Canberra architect and a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. She has been a member of many Institute juries including for the Gold Medal and for Chapter and National Design Awards, design review panels, a professional adviser to national design competitions and a member of the Institute’s Venice Architecture Biennale Committee. She is an Adjunct Professor in architecture at the University of Canberra and a member of the University Council. For ten years she was the Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority, responsible for the planning, development and promotion of Canberra as the National Capital. From 2012 to 2018 she was a Commissioner with the NSW Independent Planning Commission, She is also a member of the National Capital Design Review Panel.

Annabelle is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was the 1998 Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year. She was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia in 2007 for her contribution to Australia’s National Capital, to architecture and as a mentor to women.

In Annabelle’s experience, design review enables new ways of thinking and encourages design talent to strive for the best. Professional multi-disciplinary review panels provide experienced, arms-length consideration of the attributes/challenges of proposals with reference to best practice in relevant national and international contexts. Raising the bar to deliver outcomes of design quality for Western Australia will be a sound investment in building State profile and community and business confidence.


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Graham Agar

Graham Agar

Director Full Circle Design Services

Graham Agar is a mechanical engineer specialising in sustainable design.

As the director of his own firm, Full Circle Design Services, Graham has also served as the WA Chapter Chair of the Society of Building Services Engineers (SBSE) for Engineers Australia.

Graham’s previous design review experience includes roles with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Curtin University, WA Office of Strategic Projects, Green Building Council of Australia and the Private Licensing and Regulatory Unit.

He believes effective design review panels allow diversity of opinion and experience to influence and improve designs to ensure improved outcomes for everyone.

By joining the State Design Review Panel Graham hopes to contribute to better design outcomes for occupants and owners in Western Australia.

Janine Betz

Janine Betz

Digital Design Manager Aurecon WA

Since migrating from Germany in 2007, Janine Betz has been actively involved with the Western Australian construction industry advocating for an interdisciplinary, human-centric design dialogue.

Janine has a professional background in architecture and urban design and post-graduate qualifications in sustainability and climate policy combined, and she is a Green Star Accredited Professional. Besides roles in architecture, her varied experience over the past 14 years includes her current role as Design Manager at Aurecon, founding member of the Emerging Innovators, a young professionals network associated with the Smart Cities Council ANZ, and founder of betzie, a thought leadership initiative.

Janine brings to the State Design Review Panel extensive experience in architecture, property development and engineering, combined with excellent stakeholder engagement skills and a vision for Perth to become a leader in sustainable, human-centric design.

Janine believes the State Design Review Panel will be key in delivering better urban design outcomes and providing a forum for robust discussion to drive innovation in WA.

Josh Byrne

Professor Josh Byrne

Dean of Sustainable Futures, Curtin University
Director Josh Byrne & Associates

Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist and urban design professional with a national profile as a consultant, researcher and communicator in urban sustainability. His approach is leadership through demonstration, by engaging in projects that provide opportunities to test innovation, build capacity and share learnings with stakeholders and the wider community.

Josh holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering, a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Environmental Science, and Diplomas in Landscape and Amenity Horticulture. He has a long association with applied research and has authored a number of academic publications and industry guides in the areas of water sensitive design, energy efficient housing and sustainable urban development. He is Dean of Sustainable Futures at Curtin University, one of four capability platforms to support learning, research and partnership activities for the Faculty of Humanities.

Josh is an advocate of the design review process as it allows constructive scrutiny of ideas and detail. He sees the State Design Review Panel as an effective way to enable leading design and technical thinkers to engage in important projects at a strategically important time in the State’s development.

Ryan Falconer

Dr Ryan Falconer


With qualifications in sustainability and technology policy and in transport planning, Ryan Falconer brings a strong suite of knowledge in urban mobility and transport – in particular as it relates to disruptive technology.

Ryan has previously provided strategic advice to Waterfront Toronto in Canada and held senior positions with Toronto’s Urban Land Institute and Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Closer to home, Ryan has been a committee member on the Property Council Australia’s Western Australian Planning Committee, has peer reviewed projects for both government and private clients, and has been a member of LandCorp’s Specialist Register.

Ryan is looking forward to being part of the State Design Review Panel process and the role it will play in setting clearer expectations and raising the bar with respect to design rigor. He believes that this in turn will mean more accountability for both proponents and government, leading to better outcomes for community as a greater focus is placed on innovation and liveability.

Sarah Foster

Dr Sarah Foster

Vice-Chancellors Research Fellow RMIT University / Honorary Research Fellow University of Western Australia

Sarah Foster has a PhD in Population Health and a Bachelor of Science in Geography. She is currently a Vice-Chancellors Research Fellow at RMIT University and an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA.

The primary focus of Sarah’s research is the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing outcomes.

Currently, Sarah is undertaking research for the HIGH LIFE Study around the policy and practice of designing healthy, equitable higher density. As part of this, the team will be collecting data that will facilitate further studies into the health and wellbeing associations of the apartment design guidelines released as part of Design WA.

Sarah hopes to bring her academic and policy insights to the State Design Review Panel as she believes it has potential to shape significant developments so that they make a positive contribution to the local built environment and community – and by extension, contribute to better health and wellbeing outcomes.

Founded on the belief that well-designed, convivial environments can have a positive impact on communities, Sarah believes design review is an important tool to raise the standard of Western Australian places and spaces for current and future generations.

Pamela Gaunt

Pamela Gaunt


Pamela Gaunt is an experienced professional artist with 15 years’ experience in building-integrated public art and a strong interest in contemporary design.

A senior lecturer in contemporary art at Curtin University, Pamela has worked in public art policy development for the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and has been a peer assessment panel member for Culture and the Arts.

Pamela holds a Masters of Art from the University of New South Wales and has been the recipient of several professional grants from state and national funding bodies.

Pamela views the design review process as an important resource for developers, local government and architects, because it offers the potential for impartial and constructive feedback on significant urban and regional projects, prior to construction.

As part of the State Design Review Panel, Pamela wishes to challenge the status quo in an intelligent, respectful and encouraging manner, and is confident that early design input will improve design quality and ultimately enhance our built environment.

Philip Griffiths


Director Griffiths Architects

Past president and past member of the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Council, Philip Griffiths is one of Western Australia’s most respected architects.

Providing valuable expertise on the preparation of heritage assessments, conservation plans and adaption of heritage places, Philip has been involved with some of the state’s most iconic historic buildings including Fremantle Prison, Episcopal Palace, the Premier’s office, WA Ballet centre, Government House and Parliament House.

Over the past decade, Philip has provided design review advice to antecedents of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. He has also chaired the Subiaco Design Review Panel, is vice chair of the Wanneroo Design Review Panel and has provided input on design and its impact on heritage to the Heritage Council of Western Australia.

Philip believes the State Design Review Panel will add value to the planning system by applying measurable principles based on evaluation of proposals. He asserts that design review goes to the fundamentals of projects and the rationale for them, considers broader context and endeavours to push for positive impacts with the realised outcomes. In his experience, design review has assisted all those involved in the business of architecture and building design, adding a layer of richness to the planning system.

Samantha Hall

Dr Samantha Hall

Director Rate my Space

Samantha Hall is a built environment specialist based in Western Australia. Her consultancy helps organisations create spaces that work for people. With a background in environmental science and sustainability, Samantha is passionate about addressing the fundamental design issue of building design and operation that are mismatched.

Samantha’s PhD researched the relationship between design and technology, indoor environment quality, building management and occupant experience on building performance.

Having worked extensively across government, academia and the private sector on environmental health and human impacts of buildings, Samantha believes that a State Design Review Panel is much needed and will ensure we are designing spaces that matter, and that work.

She hopes that the panel will have a significant influence in moving Perth from a car-centric city to one that delivers a vibrant and healthy environment for every citizen. In addition to her specialist knowledge, Samantha brings valuable experience in stakeholder and community engagement to the panel.

Alasdair MacKerron

Alasdair MacKerron

Senior Project Engineer Wood & Grieve Engineers (Santec)

Alasdair MacKerron joins the State Design Review Panel with 30 years’ experience in delivering complex international engineering projects.

Currently working as senior structural project engineer and Principal with Stantec, Alasdair is an enthusiastic advocate of quality structural design to complement good architecture.

Alasdair believes design review is important because we can all identify buildings that are perfectly functional for the client but add little value to the community they reside in, or worse, detract from it. He believes the legacy of design decisions taken now will last decades and can influence the overall feel of Perth city.

Alasdair hopes the State Design Review Panel will assist in aligning proposals with relevant policies to add value to design outcomes and reduce the risk of developments being rejected. He would also like to see the panel allow design decisions to be tested, constructively challenging the developers and design teams to collaborate and ensure the best possible outcomes.

Kathy Meney

Dr Kathy Meney

Director Syrinx Environmental

Kathy Meney is founder and director of Syrinx sustainable design and green infrastructure company operating in Australia and overseas.

With a PhD in Botany and Ecology and extensive experience in wetland design, restoration ecology, sustainable design and ecological engineering, Kathy is known for integrating multiple disciplines to generate sustainable and innovative solutions. She has an approach to problem solving that is both visionary and practical.

Many of Kathy’s projects have received international and national recognition for innovation, crossing urban design, environmental, engineering and technical science categories. Her specific expertise in systems ecology, plant physiology and in wetland systems has underpinned many green infrastructure, remediation, integrated water cycle management and biodiversity enhancement projects over recent years.

Kathy believes that the State Design Review Panel will be critical in setting a unified direction and higher level of urban design expectations for WA, enabling us to become more globally aware, responsible and contemporary in our intent.

Kathy hopes the panel process will inspire designers, developers and planning agencies to deliver exceptional design that sets the bar, nationally and internationally.

Nerida Moredoundt

Nerida Moredoundt

Principal Architect Heritage Element

Principal Architect at consultant advisory firm Element, Perth heritage consultant Nerida Moredount has a notable track record for her work on complex urban revitalisations and adaptive reuse projects.

Nerida is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects, Australia ICOMOS and the Heritage Council of WA. She has built a reputation for delivering iconic and innovative solutions for some of Western Australia’s most valued heritage places and has a keen interest in facilitating outcomes that support long-term sustainability within the context of contemporary community expectations.

Nerida brings a depth of heritage experience to the State Design Review Panel and is eager to observe the role the panel will play in shaping the quality of our towns and cities while respecting our past.

Shelley Shepherd

Shelley Shepherd

Director/Principal Planner UrbAqua

Shelley Shepherd is a director of UrbAqua, a not-for-profit environmental organisation that works to support and deliver water and environmentally sensitive outcomes in Western Australia.

Shelley has extensive experience as a consultant environmental planner and has provided advice on many projects for state and local government as well as the private sector.

Being well-versed in both environmental and planning legislation and policy, Shelley has authored a number of environmental State planning policies. She is currently preparing implementation guidelines for the revised Water Resources State Planning Policy on behalf of the State Government.

Shelley is passionate about collaboration and is of the view that cooperative processes that respect a wide range of knowledge and experience are the most effective way to achieve outcomes. She is looking forward to being part of the State Design Review Panel, seeing it as an opportunity to consider climate challenges as well as the need to provide affordable housing and living, particularly in increasingly marginal land and areas hindered by service capacity.

Government Design Specialists

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Significant design expertise exists in government, including expertise in school design, public housing, major public works, transport infrastructure, land development, urban design and various other areas of public sector service delivery.

This group of experts will be a point of agency liaison to provide technical and design insight into project issues from an agency perspective.



Anna Evangelisti DevelopmentWA
Ros Marsland Department of Education 
Craig Smith City of Perth
Russell Kingdom City of Fremantle
Fiona Hogg Building Management and Works, Department of Finance
David McLoughlin DevelopmentWA
Emma Hunt Strategic Projects, Department of Finance
Peter Gillies Strategic Projects, Department of Finance
Dr Adelyn Siew Heritage Services, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Dean Wood Building Management and Works, Department of Finance
Nathan Greenhil Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions
Steve Humfrey  Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural industries 
Andrew Cartledge Public Transport Authority
Joseph Filia Main Roads Western Australia
Antonietta Torre Water Corporation
Michelle Prior Department of Transport
Richard Gunning Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries 
Matt Stack Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage


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