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Call for Appointment of Government Architect

4 July 2022

Greater Design Oversight Needed With NZ Set To See Impact Of Developer ‘Gold Rush’ – International Architect

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 9:40 am | Sloan Architects Press Release

An international architect and urban planning specialist is calling for the reinstatement of a century-old government agency to provide strategic design oversight as NZ’s largest cities enter a period of rapid housing intensification.

The position of Government Architect, which headed the Ministry of Works and Development’s architectural division, was first created in 1909 before being disestablished 20 years ago when the ministry was closed.

In contrast, the United Kingdom has recently appointed a national head of architecture to raise the design standards of new housing schemes and six Australian states have their own Government Architect to provide strategic advice to the government about architecture and urban design.

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