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As Design WA edges closer to implementation, more and more local governments will soon be embracing a performance-based framework.

‘Design excellence’ is a key performance measurement when decision makers apply their discretion. But what is it, how is it assessed and what skills do we need to implement it?

Join us as we ask the experts to explain design excellence as a performance measure and what planners need to be aware of when preparing policy and undertaking assessments. 

Peter Ciemitis (Principal, Roberts Day & City of Perth DAC Member) will discuss the value-add delivered by Design Advisory Committees through their ability to intelligently critique qualitative design aspects that policies find difficult to address. Questions tackled will include ‘what are some principles of good visual design’, ‘how to hold onto design integrity’ and ‘are 3D visualisations always accurate’?

Margaret Smith (Manager Development Approvals, City of Perth) will discuss the way City of Perth planners work with the Design Advisory Committee to achieve design outcomes in the absence of a design excellence framework and the challenges faced throughout this process.

Tao Bourton (Director, Yolk Property Group) will discuss the challenges of navigating a design-based response in the context of planning policy, and performance-based incentives that appeal to the development industry and lead to better built form outcomes.


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