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.
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.
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 the Capital City Design Review Panel (CCDRP).
The CCDRP supports the South Australian Government Architect, as a statutory referral body, in forming comments to the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) on the design quality of development applications.
The CCDRP is an essential part of the pre-lodgement process for development proposals over $10 million, and forms part of the new policy framework for development in the City of Adelaide.
Find out more about the pre-lodgment process, click here.
Design Review documents
Design Guidance Notes
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.
Ben Hewett is the South Australian Government Architect leading the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA). Ben provides strategic advice to government for major projects, programs and policy across design, planning and development. Ben is Head of SA's Design Review Program and Chair of the Capital City Design Review Panel.
Ben was the Executive Director of the Integrated Design Commission SA and Project Director of 5000+, an Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide. 5000+ was a national pilot project involving three tiers of government collaborating on a design-led vision for Adelaide.
Ben was a Senior Lecturer with the University of Technology (NSW), School of Architecture, and Director of Offshore Studio, an architectural design research practice. He has worked as an Architect in large and small practice on projects across Australia, in China and the United Arab Emirates. Ben started his career as a Design Architect with the NSW Government Architect’s Office.
Sharon Mackay is an award winning Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with over 16 years of collaborative practice in South Australia, Victoria and North America.
She currently works with ODASA as Design Director. Prior to this, Sharon spent seven years as a Senior Associate at HASSELL, Adelaide. Many of her projects have received local, national and international recognition including the recent major redevelopment at Adelaide Zoo.
A former Vice President of AILA (SA), Sharon has taught design and presented at many national and international events, including at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2010.
Sharon has a particular interest in interdisciplinary practice and the role of design led thinking in shaping public policy and the future of our cities. She is passionate about connecting people and opportunities, sustainable ecosystems and healthy communities.T — +61(0)8 8402 1985
Kirsteen Mackay joined ODASA after four years as Head of Design Review at the UK’s Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and 15 years in private practice. She is a registered Architect in the United Kingdom.
Delivering over 1500 reviews of significant developments and infrastructure projects across England, Kirsteen brings extensive experience to both ODASA and the Capital City Design Review Panels. Learning from design review practice is a critical component of ODASA’s work.
Kirsteen works with South Australian Government Architect Ben Hewett in providing design support to major projects and advice on public procurement.
Sarah has over 10 years of experience working for government in a variety of roles across a number of different agencies, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Families and Communities.
In her role as Office Manager for ODASA, Sarah leads the delivery of administrative services for the office including service quality, scheduling and customer relations.
Prior to joining ODASA, Sonya has been involved within the design industry for over 10 years, which has developed her diverse skillset. Sonya enjoys the opportunities associated with a small, dynamic and supportive team such as ODASA.
Since joining ODASA she has developed a keen interest in design review, the value of design excellence and its positive impact on the community.
Rose provides executive support to the Government Architect in addition to a range of administrative, secretarial and project based support services. Rose plays a major role in contributing to the quality and effectiveness of operations at ODASA.
In her role as Policy and Research Officer Jane is involved with design-based research, coordinating government documentation and policy and communication support to the office.
Jane joined ODASA following 8 years at the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources where she supported various Environment Ministers. Jane also has a background in the arts industry, and as worked as a commercial photographer interstate and overseas.
Diana joined ODASA as Design Advisor after working with the Integrated Design Commission team as a Designer on the 5000+ project. Diana brings a broad experience to the role, having studied Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney in addition to a 12 year career in film and television production. She has also tutored in Architecture at the University of Adelaide. Diana is focused on achieving quality of design in the built environment, benefitting the community and improving quality of life.
Open Ideas has supported and demonstrated new ways of working together and has valued diverse and informed contributions to help deliver a better future for the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Site and the city.
In 2016 The Royal Adelaide Hospital Site will be relocated. The move has presented an extraordinary opportunity to redesign the vacatd site and create an iconic place within the Greater Riverbank Precinct.
The government of South Australia initiated an Open Ideas two-stage International Design Competition, which invited architects and landscape architects to submit a visionary design proposals for the Site. ODASA has run the competition in partnership with Renewal SA.
We are networked with many industry and government sector organisations and initiatives. Below are a few that you might find useful.
The Government Architects Network Australia (GANA)
ODASA is a member of the Government Architects Network of Australia. GANA is a formalised, national collaborative group that meets annually to share valuable information and transfer knowledge and research.
Creating Places for People: An Urban Design Protocol for Australian Cities
Creating Places for People is a collaborative commitment to best practice urban design in Australia. It is championed by peak community and professional organisations, businesses and all three levels of government, including ODASA.
5000+ was a pilot project about the redesign, renewal and reactivation of inner Adelaide. 5000+ was the beginning of an open conversation on the future of the city and this approach continues to be supported by ODASA. The outcomes of the 5000+ project are available here.
To explore the 5000+ site, please visit5000plus.net.au