The Office of the Queensland Government Architect helps government departments and local councils deliver an enhanced urban environment for Queensland by providing leadership and strategic advice on urban design, procurement, heritage and the built environment.


The Office of the Queensland Government Architect (OQGA) provides specific and general advice for Queensland Government and local councils on built environment, urban design, procurement and heritage issues across a range of projects including:

Brisbane River Ferry Terminals
Commonwealth Games Village, Gold Coast
Yeerongpilly Pedestrian Bridge.

Urban design outcomes for significant projects

From 3 July 2017, a new urban design trigger in schedule 10, part 18 of the Planning Regulation 2017 provides the Queensland Government with the ability to influence and advise applicants and local governments on the suitability of a significant project’s design response to ensure it contributes positively to the place and region. Development applications meeting the criteria of the trigger are referred to the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) who will seek technical advice from the OQGA.


We are involved in the facilitation and promotion of a range of industry and public events, forums and exhibitions that support the architecture, landscape architecture and urban design professions across Queensland.

The Density and Diversity Done Well Open Ideas Competition

The Density and Diversity Done Well Open Ideas Competition is a joint initiative of the department and the Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland.

The competition is officially endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia and supported by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the Urban Design Alliance Queensland.

The design challenge is to propose new housing options for Queensland to meet community, urban and environmental challenges—designing for the fertile missing middle between the dwelling on a single lot and the high-rise apartment block.

The competition has a total prize pool of $50,000 which will be divided among up to 10 winners.

Minister's Award for Urban Design

The Minister's Award for Urban Design highlights the critical role of good urban design in shaping Queensland and how collaborative relationships can lead to the successful development of the built environment.

Advisory boards and committees

We provide strategic and project specific advice to government departments and local councils through our participation on key architectural, planning and urban design advisory boards and committees including:

Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel (Chair)
Brisbane Airport Design and Development Integrity Panel
The Government Architect's Network of Australia (GANA)
The Professional Advisory Board—Griffith University
University of Queensland Master Plan Steering Committee
University of Queensland Building and Grounds Committee.

More information

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