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Shepparton Art Museum gets a green light

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Image above: SAM Art  Hill View from North. Graphics by Denton Corker Marshall

Great news for Shepparton! Greater Shepparton City Council have announced that the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) will progress to the next stage. This project came to Design Review for our advice and support. The proposal has been developed into a compelling design response, an outstanding example of exciting, best-practice contemporary museum architecture. We congratulate the Council’s leadership in delivering this important project which is expected to be completed by late 2020.

VPS5 Senior Adviser Opportunity

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Image above: Public Housing Renewal Program

Would you like to be part of our team? The Office of the Victorian Government Architect has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Adviser to join the team to foster innovation in Victoria's housing to be better designed, affordable and sustainable. The Senior Adviser is responsible for leading the delivery of specific OVGA advice, policy and projects that improve the quality of outcomes for government projects generally, with particular focus on medium to higher density housing.

Closing date is 21st March 2019.

Read more about the role and apply at careers.vic

Summer wrap-up – OVGA at Business of Design Week Hong Kong 2018

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Image above: Seminar on Liveability, Sport and Design. Photo by Sophie Patitsas

It’s been a busy summer for the OVGA and a summer wrap-up wouldn’t be complete without featuring one of the highlights. In December 2019, the OVGA joined the Victorian Government’s largest ever design-focused trade mission, led by Creative Victoria. Melbourne was the official partner city for Business of Design Week 2018 in Hong Kong. The theme of Melbourne’s presence in Hong Kong was Think-Collaborate-Create which captures our attitude to design excellence and inventiveness.

At this international event, Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect presented on Liveability, Sport and Design highlighting the OVGA’s sustained focus on design quality at Melbourne and Olympic Park. Sophie Patitsas, Principal Adviser, joined the delegation as a Victorian Design Ambassador promoting Melbourne’s Sharing Values exhibition curated by NGV’s Ewan McEoin and Phip Murray which showcased 100+ projects and highlighted the diversity and impact of Melbourne’s design culture.

Read more: Creative Victoria – Business of Design Week

Thought provoking MRelay event on gender and design

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Image above: MRelay @ MPavilion. Photo by Marie Luise

One of the most stimulating MPavilion events of the season, “The Future is Gender-Neutral Design” was held on Saturday 2 February 2019 as part of the MRelay series. Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect, discussed gender and design with an esteemed panel of speakers. The discussion questioned how gender has affected the design of places and looked at the potential for a gender-neutral approach to the design of our cities. 

OVGA Intern Experience

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Image above: Bendigo Hospital Site Visit. Photo by Sophie Patitsas

A site visit to Bendigo Hospital was one of many highlights for summer intern, Yiling Shen, who has just completed a 3 month placement with the OVGA. In her time with the OVGA, Yiling assisted across a range of projects, from writing and research for advocacy publications to helping with the Victorian Design Review Panel. Her favourite parts of working at the OVGA have been site visits to RMIT New Academic Street and the Caulfield to Dandenong rail project in order to write a series of case studies for the office. Yiling also undertook research on the benefits of good design in healthcare. “This experience has really made me realise how important good design is for our communities and how difficult it is to achieve,” says Yiling. "I'm grateful to everyone at the OVGA for making my time so enjoyable."

Tanderrum Bridge recognised by American Institute of Architects

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Image above: Tanderrum Bridge. Photo by Kristoffer Paulsen

Tanderrum Bridge, with its treetop pedestrian experience connecting Birrarung Marr to Melbourne & Olympic Park, has been honoured with an award in urban design from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.

The bridge was part of the Victorian Government’s $338M Stage 2 redevelopment of M&OP and the successful outcome of a design competition judged by the OVGA’s M&OP Design Quality Team, who continue to provide design advice to Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust on further stages of the precinct vision.

Congratulations to John Wardle Architects, NADAAA and Oculus for international recognition of their fine contribution to Melbourne’s urban realm.

MRelay – The Future is Gender-Neutral Design

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Image above: Courtesy of State Library Victoria

Gender affects our perceptions and experiences of the way cities are designed. Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect, will be participating in the MRelay, The Future is Gender-Neutral Design. MRelay is an intellectual team sport, where instead of batons, ideas are passed between leading thinkers, philosophers, architects, activists and provocateurs in a fast-paced but marathon conversation. The speakers will discuss how gender has affected the design of places and whether there is potential for a gender-neutral approach to the design of our cities.

Join Jill and her other MRelay team members from 11:00am-1:30pm on Saturday 2 February 2019 at MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne.        

Ballarat GovHub appoints construction team

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Image above: Courtesy of Development Victoria

Did you know that Ballarat GovHub will be the third largest commercial timber structure in Australia? Kane Nicholson Joint Venture were recently appointed to deliver the project designed by John Wardle Architects. Development Victoria is leading the development of the new government office precinct on the Civic Hall site located in Ballarat’s CBD, in partnership with Regional Development Victoria, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Ballarat City Council.

Ballarat GovHub will accommodate 1000 government employees, and will help to revitalise Ballarat’s CBD. The Office of the Victorian Government Architect appointed a Design Quality Team to provide design advice to Development Victoria throughout the project.

NGV 2019 Architecture Commission Competition Opens

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The National Gallery of Victoria recently launched the design competition for the 2019 Architecture Commission which is part of the State Government’s annual Victorian Design Program. The Commission invites proposals from architect-led design teams to activate the Grollo Equiset Garden with a temporary structure or installation. The jury, which will be chaired by Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect, includes Corbett Lyon (Lyons Architecture), Clare Cousins (Clare Cousins Architects and National President of the Australian Institute of Architects), Andrew Clark (Deputy Director of NGV) and Timothy Moore (Sibling Architecture). Registrations for the competition close on 21 January 2019, with the winner announced on 23 March during Melbourne Design Week. 

Celebrating 2018

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2018 has been an exciting year for design in Victoria, as reflected by the Australian Institute of Architect’s national awards. 15 Victorian projects won awards this year, highlighting the high calibre of architecture and urban design across public and private projects throughout the state. The OVGA commends the design teams and clients that worked on these projects. We look forward to a promising year ahead for design excellence.

The Victorian Architecture Awards for 2019 are now open, with entries closing Wednesday 13 February 2019. 

Read more: Celebrating 2018

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