21 May 2012 – Tasmanian president of the Australian Institute of Architects, Karen Davis  has described as ill advised the state government’s decision not to replace the state architect until the Budget situation improves.

“Short-term savings are far outweighed by the long term benefits of the state architect acting as a trusted advisor for government and an independent voice on built environment issues,” she said.

“Good design occurs when processes are in place at the earliest possible procurement phase – it can’t be added on later.  Good design is then reinforced by design review processes as the design develops, ensuring that the requirements of government clients are met in the best possible way.

She said the AIA believed the significance of the work of the previous state architect, Peter Poulet, in preparing Tasmania’s Sullivan’s Cove master plan, the draft residential development strategy and the capital city plan was becoming increasingly apparent.