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Hames Sharley Principal Nicholas Temov was last week appointed as a Planning representative on the WA Government State Design Review Panel, joining Director & Urban Development Portfolio Leader Chris Maher whose appointment on the Panel for the Architecture discipline has been renewed for a further term.

“This honour reflects the experience and respect held for Nic and Chris within the WA industry, and is emblematic of their contribution to the profession and the design quality of our State,” said Hames Sharley WA Studio Leader Brook McGowan.

The State Design Review Panel is a multi-disciplinary panel of highly-experienced built environment professionals from industry and government, providing independent advice on the design quality of major development proposals to government agencies, decision-makers and proponents, including the WA Planning Commission.

Chaired by the Government Architect, the State Design Review Panel comprises a diverse pool of 76 specialists with expertise in the built environment. Panel members are appointed for a two-year term, from a range of disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, heritage, sustainability, public art, engineering and Aboriginal cultural heritage and engagement. They are called to assess projects based on their technical expertise, availability, and to ensure balance and independence for each review.

The State Design Review Panel offers a ‘best practice’ model for design review in Western Australia and a benchmark for local government design review panels. Reviews conducted by the Panel support the implementation of the State Government’s Design WA policies and guidelines – placing good design at the heart of all development.