The Australian Institute of Architects’ South Australian Chapter has welcomed today’s announcement by South Australian Premier, Hon Jay Weatherill for a design-led engagement process for the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

Led by the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA), which has continued the work of the former Integrated Design Commission SA (IDC) in partnership with Renewal SA, the competition will involve extensive collaboration and consultation with community and interested parties for this significant Adelaide site.

South Australian President of the Institute, Steve Grieve, believes ‘the competition provides excellent opportunities for architects to partner with the community to create a legacy for future generations.

‘This is a great opportunity to raise the level of public awareness and debate about the important roles architecture and design play in the future of our city. I am pleased that the government is taking a measured and comprehensive approach to the future of this very important site.’

Immediate Past President of the Institute, Shelley Penn, will lead an independent judging panel to assess the initial design concepts that will be submitted by registered architects and landscape architects from both Australia and overseas.

In addition to being an open competition, which allows for increased input into the precinct, key features of the brief include compulsory integration of the Greater Riverbank Precinct and the city in submitted designs as well as mandatory collaboration with local firms for stage two entrants.

The competition is part of a broader public engagement strategy that continues the work of the IDC’s 5000+ design approach for inner Adelaide.

The Institute strongly advocates for the use of proper planning processes for major civic areas and will work closely with the competition administrators and government to ensure the employment of world’s best practice competition guidelines and appropriate master planning strategies for the site.

Following the design competition a master plan for the precinct will be developed by the state government, guided by the successful submissions.

The Institute will review the competition guidelines and brief before making an official statement of endorsement.

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