New Government Architect appointed to champion great design in Western Australia

  • Leading Perth architect Emma Williamson appointed as the State’s new Government Architect

The Cook Government has today welcomed the appointment of leading architect Emma Williamson to the role of Government Architect.

Ms Williamson is the co-founder and Partner at award-winning creative consultancy, TheFulcrum.Agency, with nearly 30 years of architectural experience. She was named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2022, and has worked on projects including the WA Museum Boola Bardip, Murdoch University’s Boola Katitjin, and the Karratha Super clinic.

Ms Williamson holds degrees in Architecture and Interior Design, and is a member of the Western Australian and South Australian State Design Review Panels, as well as the Chair of several local government Design Review Panels.

As Government Architect and therefore Chair of the State Design Review Panel, Ms Williamson will provide design leadership and strategic advice to enhance the quality of our built environment, as well as ensure that good design is at the centre of all development and major projects. The role also provides expert and independent advice to the Minister for Planning, and the Premier on key projects along with strategic planning initiatives.

Ms Williamson’s appointment follows the announcement that Ms Rebecca Moore would step down from the role after three years of service.

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As stated by Planning Minister John Carey:

“I welcome the appointment of Ms Emma Williamson to the role of Government Architect Western Australia and Chair of the State Design Review Panel.

“Ms Williamson is a highly credentialled architect – with more than three decades of practical experience in the design and delivery of both public and private sector projects of all sizes.

“Ms Williamson’s experience in design review will be integral to the position, as she will play a central role in the review and assessment of significant development proposals – through the new permanent assessment pathway – as part of our Government’s planning reform agenda to take effect on Friday,1 March 2024.

“I would again like to thank outgoing Government Architect Ms Moore, for her contribution to the design of our State, and wish her well in her next endeavours.”

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