Jill Garner has been appointed as the new Victorian Government Architect, Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has announced.
Ms Garner is co-founder of Garner Davis Architects, and has been Associate Victorian Government Architect since 2010. She has also taught design, architectural history and contemporary theory at RMIT and the University of Melbourne.
“Jill Garner’s wealth of experience in advocating for architectural design and innovation will drive best-practice design in Victoria’s projects, which is what the community needs for the future,” Mr Wynne said.
The Office of the Victorian Government Architect was this year moved from Planning into the Department of Premier and Cabinet, which Mr Wynne said would give the role the status and importance it needed.
“Elevating the role of the state architect and OVGA means we will have independent expertise across major government projects,” he said.
Mr Wynne also announced the OVGA’s Design Review Panel would be given a stronger role in the development of Melbourne, and would be responsible for providing independent advice as part of significant development assessment.
This advice will be made publicly available.