Queensland Premier Anna Bligh appointed leading architect Philip Follent to the role of Queensland Government Architect. Philip is currently Gold Coast City architect and is well known for his commitment to environmentally sustainable development. Bligh said she was excited that Philip will bring his unique blend of architectural advocacy and environmental awareness to the role. He will provide expert advice to the Queensland Government on built environment, urban design and heritage issues.
The position was previously held by Professor Michael Keniger, Queensland’s first Government Architect, who steps down after six years to concentrate on his role as Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Queensland.
Premier John Brumby announced the appointment of Professor Geoffrey London as Victoria’s new Government Architect. Professor London was the Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts. Brumby expressed his confidence that it will boost Victoria’s reputation for architectural and design excellence through providing strategic advice to Government about architecture and urban design and offers a critical understanding of building design, to Government Ministers and Departments.
The Office also promotes awareness of the importance of good design including the process of making great places and sustainable urban environments, and Brumby thanked John Denton, the State’s first Government Architect, for his insight, advice and passion since his appointment in 2005.
Tasmania’s built heritage and the challenges of urban renewal get major attention with the establishment of a $25 million Heritage and Urban Renewal fund and the appointment of a State Architect. Premier, David Bartlett, said that Tasmania faces unique development challenges as it seeks to marry the richness of its built heritage with the demands of development. He is delighted with the decision to create the position of State Architect as a demonstration of the Government’s real commitment to ensuring that Tasmania’s built environment remains unique, providing leadership in ensuring and encouraging good planning, design and architecture.
The Tasmanian State Architect, yet to be appointed, will provide strategic and independent advice to the Government, and an advisory role in the Government’s building and infrastructure projects.