NORTHERN Territory Lands, Planning and the Environment Minister Peter Chandler last week announced the appointment of Professor Lawrence Nield as Northern Territory Government Architect.
Mr Chandler described Professor Nield as a leading practitioner and academic and a person of national eminence who will provide exceptional advice for the development, design and standards of the Territory's urban environment and public spaces.
"One of his special interests is the design of public buildings and creating master plans for the design of cities and campuses," Mr Chandler said, adding that the Professor is also raising awareness for ventilation in city streets to reduce temperatures.
"He is an advocate for building better cities and adopts an environmental approach to architecture and planning," the Minister said.
Professor Nield was awarded the 2012 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the institute. He holds academic and teacher positions at several universities and is respected for his work in hospital planning, sports playing facilities and educational facilities.
"Mr Nield has been involved with architectural planning for bids and plans for Olympic Games, and was the Head of Masterplanning for the Sydney Olympic Games," Mr Chandler said.
The appointment was welcomed by the Australian Institute of Architects, with the Institute's incoming NT Chapter President, Simon Scally, calling Professor Nield a highly respected member of the profession and commending the government's appointment.
Mr Scally said the role of Government Architect provides a source of in-house expertise that can greatly assist government to achieve its urban development objectives and help facilitate a positive, enduring legacy.
"It is a low cost position that offers a high value return in terms of improving the built environment of the Northern Territory," Mr Scally said.
Professor Nield will work with the government and the Planning Commission.