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Jill Garner LFRAIA, Victorian Government Architect

Jill leads an expert team to provide strategic advice to the government about architecture, landscape and urban design.


Jill is an architect with over 30 years experience. In 2015 she was appointed as Victorian Government Architect. In this role she advocates for the value and legacy of good design.

Jill’s practice, Garner Davis Architects, has received numerous industry awards for delivering sensitively crafted public and private work. She has taught at both RMIT and Melbourne University in architectural design, theory and contemporary history. Jill is a regular national design critic and juror for design competitions, the universities and industry awards.

Jill is one of the first graduates of the innovative, practice-based Masters by Design at RMIT. She is a past Board Member and Examiner in Architectural Practice for the Architects Registration Board Victoria.

She is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Her current and recent involvements include:

  • Chair, Victorian Design Review Panel
  • Member, Urban Design Advisory Panel and Arts Advisory Panel, Melbourne Metro Rail Project
  • Chair, Design Quality Team, Melbourne Olympic Park sports precinct
  • Lead, Federation Square Public Purpose and Built Form Review
  • Government Architects Network Australia
  • Chair, National Committee for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Jill is passionate about promoting the value of contextual and integrated design thinking. She promotes collaboration across the various design disciplines.

Reviewed 17 April 2020

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