A key leader in the property and construction industry in Australia has called for major change in the role of the New South Wales government architect, saying the context surrounding the built environment has changed over the 200 years since the architect’s role had come into play and the focus should move beyond public buildings and more toward the overall picture of the built environment.

Following the passing of the 200th anniversary of the inception of the role on March 1, Urban Taskforce Australia Chief Executive Officer Chris Johnson said the surrounding the position had shifted significantly and that the role should therefore move beyond public buildings toward a more strategic focus upon the broader…