Improving our quality of life through good design

The Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA) supports the Government Architect’s role in promoting the value of excellent and effective design to ensure quality built and sustainable environments for South Australians.

— We provide strategic advice to the South Australian Government on design, planning and development of major projects, policy and processes.

— We lead and deliver design review in South Australia.

— We measure and communicate the value of design and publish best practice guides.

— We establish policy and practice frameworks for achieving design quality in the built environment.

— We value the successful development of our future heritage.

Many minds are better than one



We value partnerships – among government, professional, academic, industry and community bodies, and within our team.

We work to foster collaborations to create better processes, enable integration and ensure the engagement of everyone involved to maximise excellent and efficient outcomes.

We support a coordinated approach to decision-making that shapes our state’s built environment.

Excellence + effectiveness

Design Review offers independent and impartial advice on the design quality of proposed construction projects and supports design excellence in our state. The South Australian Government Architect leads South Australia’s Design Review Program.

The Design Review Program encompasses a voluntary design review process that reviews significant development proposals throughout the state as well as Capital City, Inner Metro and Port Adelaide Regional Centre Zone.

The Design Review Panel supports the South Australian Government Architect and Associate Government Architect, as a statutory referral body, in forming comments to the Development Assessment Commission on the design quality of development proposals. The Design Review Program is an essential part of the pre-lodgement process. Projects which are eligible for Design Review through the Pre-Lodgement service are proposals in the Capital City Zone over $10 million, proposals 5 storey or more in the Inner Metro – Urban Corridor Zones of the City of Adelaide, and proposals over $3 million in the Port Adelaide Regional Centre Zone. In addition, design review and guidance is provided to assist the Coordinator General with projects that have been deemed to be of economic significance to the state and for Major Development Projects.

Find out more:

Pre-lodgement: http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/planning/prelodgementservice

Co-ordinator General: http://dpti.sa.gov.au/coordinator_general

Major Developments: www.sa.gov.au/planning/majordevelopments

 

MULTI DISCIPLINARY TEAM

The ODASA team is made up of a small expert group led by the South Australian Government Architect. Our team has multidisciplinary expertise in architecture, planning, urban design, engagement, public policy and research.

To support the framing of our advice, ODASA utilises a pool of local and national industry experts for the Design Review programs and draws from the methodologies and knowledge of the design professions for our research and design guidance services.

Resources

The following resources provide further information about the operations of the Design Review Program, and provide Design Guidance for major projects, adaptive reuse projects and more.

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Guide to Design Review in South Australia

Guide to Design Review in South Australia

Learn more about Design Review and its proven way of improving the quality of design outcomes in the built
Environment.

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Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Click here for a better understanding of the South Australian Design Review Panel Terms of Reference.

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Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest

Click here for a better understanding of the South Australian Design Review Panel strategy in managing Conflicts of Interest.

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Guidelines for Design Teams

Guidelines for Design Teams

Learn more about the Design Review Guidelines for Design Teams.

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Principles of Good Design

Principles of Good Design

Learn more about how a building or place can better meet the needs of the people who will use it.

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Principles of Good Design Review

Principles of Good Design Review

This document provides an overview of the principles that guide the process of evaluating the design quality of proposed developments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

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Project Information Form

Project Information Form

Click here to download a Design Review Project Information Form.

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Observer Confidentiality Form

Observer Confidentiality Form

Click here to download the Design Review Observer Confidentiality Form.

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Design Guidance Note


Design Competitions

Design Competitions

Learn more about the essential background to design competitions and advice for those interested in using a competitive selection process.

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Design Guidance Note


Project Formation

Project Formation

Click here to learn more about successful project formation. The aim of this guide is to ensure that the process and outcome delivers excellent projects, so that clients, users and stakeholders can profit from the value that good design quality can offer.

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Design Guidance Note


Master Plans

Master Plans

Setting the context within which individual projects come forward is an integral part of understanding the opportunities and constraints of any site. Click here to learn more about informed master planning for positive change.

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Design Guidance Note


Adaptive Re-Use

Adaptive Re-Use

Re-using existing buildings for new functions has many sustainable, cultural, economic and place making advantages. Click here to learn more.

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Design archive

The Office for Design and Architecture SA, and it’s predecessor the Integrated Design Commission SA, have led some major design projects across government, and with the community. These include the Open Ideas: Royal Adelaide Hospital International Design Competition, 5000+ An Integrated Design Strategy for Inner Adelaide, and publication of Design South Australia. Learn more about Open Ideas, IDC SA and 5000+ below

Open Ideas

Open Ideas

This project was about exploring ideas for the future use of the current RAH site. ‘Open Ideas’ was the title of the project and reflected the open, exploratory, ideas generating process – respecting that all ideas were valid and useful for informing the next steps.

 

The process sought ideas and tested possibilities with three key groups – the community, stakeholders, and through an international design competition.

Publication


ORAH Final report

IDC SA

IDC SA

The Integrated Design Commission’s role was to provide integrated design leadership, independent expert advice and strategic direction to government. The following publication, Design South Australia, showcases 52 innovative local design projects and captures the breadth of interest of the IDC SA. The Commission concluded in December 2012

Publication


Design South Australia

5000+

5000+

5000+ An Integrated Design Strategy for Inner Adelaide was a national pilot that demonstrated how a collaborative process between design and planning professionals, different levels of government, business, industry and community could work together to develop a great Australian city. The 18 month project concluded in December 2012.

Videos from the project are available here: https://vimeo.com/weareodasa

 

Report


Kent Town Project

Report


Knowledge Base Recommendations Report

Report


Life on the Edge

Report


Model for City Revitalisation

Report


Consultation Draft Place Shaping Framework

Report


Safety in the City

Report


Understanding Inner Adelaide

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Vision and Guiding Principles

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Level 1, 28 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000

GPO Box 1533 Adelaide SA 5001
DX 171

T — +61(0)8 8402 1884
E — odasa@sa.gov.au