UTS Senior Lecturer Ben Hewett has accepted the position of South Australian Government Architect. He will be taking up the newly created role full time in January 2011.

Applauding the SA Government’s announcement earlier today, the Australian Institute of Architects’ SA President David Holland said the long awaited move was a major win for all South Australians.

“The appointment of Sydney architect Ben Hewett is a vital follow-up to the formation late last year of the Integrated Design Commission (IDC), and recent appointment of Tim Horton as SA Integrated Design Commissioner.”

“While South Australia is the last State in Australia to appoint a Government Architect, with the value of this role recognised in most States for some time, we are confident that the State Government has now developed a nation-leading design model.

“The Integrated Design Commission offers the strongest national model for integrated design excellence, and will be a key initiative in enhancing the quality of Adelaide’s growth over the next 30 years.

“On top of this, we expect to benefit from Ben Hewett’s independence as a respected interstate professional, with experience in both practice and academia. We look forward to working with him and anticipate that Ben’s appointment will see a strong emphasis on practice-based research and innovation.”