The Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA) promotes the value of good design with the view that every new development has the potential to improve our quality of life, attract investment and reduce our impact on the environment.
ODASA works to improve our built environments by:
- embedding design quality in government and planning policy
- shaping and influencing significant developments
- promoting the role of good design in contributing to healthy neighbourhoods
- supporting design innovation
- promoting the integration of smart and sustainable technologies
Who We Are
The ODASA team is led by the South Australian Government Architect and has expertise in architecture, heritage, landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning.
The Government Architect role in South Australia:
- oversees the state’s Design Review program
- provides independent design advice on large-scale development proposals
- supports current planning reforms and the State Planning Commission
- provides independent design advice to Cabinet
- supports infrastructure, planning delivery across government
- supports government procurement
ODASA is connected with many industry bodies, government organisations and initiatives, some of which include:
The Department for Trade and Investment (DTI) drives economic growth in South Australia by attracting new foreign direct investment and increasing exports in sectors of competitive advantage. ODASA resides within the Planning and Land Use Services Division of the DTI.
The Department for Infrastructure and Transport works as part of the community to deliver effective policy, efficient transport, and valuable social and economic infrastructure.
The Architectural Practice Board of South Australia (APBSA) is the statutory authority responsible to the Minister for Planning and Local Government for administering the Architectural Practice Act 2009 and regulating the practice of architecture in South Australia. The Board maintains a register of architects and architectural companies and ensures that only properly qualified and experienced people and companies that satisfy the requirements of the Act are registered.
ODASA is a member of the Government Architects Network of Australia. GANA is a formalised, national collaborative group that meets annually to share valuable information and transfer knowledge and research.
PlanSA is the one-stop destination for information and tools relating to South Australia's planning system.
The State Planning Commission is an independent body providing advice and leadership on all aspects of planning and development in South Australia. The Commission is also the state’s principal development assessment and planning advisory body.
The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) is the peak body for the architectural profession in Australia, representing 12,000 members. The Institute works to improve our built environment by promoting quality, responsible, sustainable design.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is the growing national advocacy body representing 2,500 active and engaged landscape architects, promoting the importance of the profession today and for the future.
Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. Through education, communication and professional development, PIA is the pivotal organisation serving and guiding thousands of planning professionals in their role of creating better communities.
The Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) assists architectural firms by providing advice and information on business and employment matters, by promoting awareness of and discussion about business issues, and by advocating for better business practices and legislative frameworks.
The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) represents Australian design and designers both domestically and internationally. The DIA brings together design practitioners with people and organisations who employ, commission, support and promote designers.
The Property Council of Australia (PCA) is a national organisation representing property developers and property owners.
The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) represents Australia’s property industry.