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Government Architect NSW

Strategic design leadership in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

The Government Architect NSW (GANSW) works across government, the private sector and the community to improve social, environmental and economic outcomes for NSW and all of our communities. We support the NSW Government and help it deliver quality built-environment projects, manage risk and foster innovation to create people-centred places.

In acknowledging the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the land and their unique cultural relationships to place, GANSW seeks to uphold the idea that 'If we care for Country - It will care for us.'

We aim to champion, connect and advise.


Promote, educate and advocate for design awareness and excellence on behalf of Government, its agencies and partners.


Foster public and private sector partnerships, collaboration and design collaboration across built environment initiatives.


Provide strategic and independent advice and quality review to support best practice and outcomes for design projects.

Who we are

The GANSW team is led by Abbie Galvin, the 24th Government Architect in the more than 200-year history of the organisation. Abbie leads a multidisciplined group, who advocate for and support the delivery of the great and resilient places expected by the people of NSW.

Government Architect NSW Abbie Galvin LFRAIA, along with directors Olivia Hyde LFRAIA and Paulo Macchia FRAIA form the Government Architect NSW executive team.

Good design for housing

We are excited to share with you our new housing map which showcases low- and mid-rise housing design that exists in your neighbourhood. This interactive map highlights good examples of diverse housing that help fill the gap between detached single homes and high-rise apartments.

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General enquiries

Email [email protected] or phone 02 9860 1450.