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Mackay appointed as South Australia's government architect

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Former head of Design Review at CABE Kirsteen Mackay has been appointed as South Australia’s next government architect

The Scottish-born architect will lead the local government office’s design review program alongside the architecture and built environment directorate of the department for planning, transport and infrastructure.

She will also be responsible for the Government of South Australia’s Office for Design and Architecture. The office advices the government on design, planning and the development of major projects and establishes policies for achieving high levels of design quality.

The former CABE head took the design review model over to Australia from her role at CABE and it is now embedded in the South Australian planning system.

Mackay studied at both the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art and worked on the London Eye whilst at Marks Barfield Architects.

Acting premier of South Australia John Rau, said: ‘The Government Architect’s role, through design review, is to encourage better development.

‘It’s about making sure that Adelaide’s new buildings and public spaces are lifted to a higher quality and creating places which people enjoy being in.’

Mackay’s appointment was welcomed by the South Australian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.

‘This is an important role within government, particularly at a time of rapid change in the development of our towns and cities, and one that has delivered great outcomes since its inception’, said David Homburgh, AIA chapter president.

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