South Australia

New government architect for SA

INTERNATIONAL architect Kirsteen Mackay will bring her strong design expertise to the forefront of major projects in Adelaide and across South Australia following her appointment as the state's next Government Architect.

In a statement last week, Acting Premier John Rau congratulated Ms Mackay on her appointment and she has played a pivotal role in shaping Adelaide's design review program over a number of years, including in her previous role as Associate Government Architect.

The SAHMRI building, Adelaide
Above: The SAHMRI building, Adelaide / by Stacy Mitchell.

Ms Mackay moved to Adelaide after heading design review at the UK's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. She was also Director of award winning firm Springett Mackay Architecture, and has held Visiting Lecturer positions at the Royal College of Art, and Bartlett School of Architecture, London.

Mr Raus said the role of Government Architect was embedded the planning framework to ensure the best urban design outcomes. "The Government Architect's role, through design review, is to encourage better development," he added.

"It's about making sure that Adelaide's new buildings and public spaces are lifted to a higher quality and creating places which people enjoy being in."

An independent panel of experts supports the Government Architect in leading the Design Review Program. Due to the success of the program, and the increasing number of development proposals in the city and inner rim councils, the Panel has recently expanded.

The Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter has welcomed Kirsteen Mackay's appointment.

"This is an important role within government, particularly at a time of rapid change in the development of our towns and cities, and one that has delivered great outcomes since its inception" said David Homburg, AIA Chapter President.

Ms Mackay will also lead the Architecture and Built Environment directorate of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

Mr Rau said the role of the Government Architect and the broader focus of Architecture and Built Environment will help Adelaide cement its place as one of the best small cities in the world.

Photo: The SAHMRI building, Adelaide / Stacy Mitchell / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.

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