Deputy Government Architect, Office of Government Architect
Ben Hewett is the deputy NSW Government architect, leading the Office of the Government Architect’s strategic function, and providing design advice across government on architecture, the built environment and urban transformation. Ben is also adjunct professor at University of Technology Sydney.
From 2010 to 2014, Ben was the inaugural South Australian Government architect. Concurrently, Ben was executive director of the Integrated Design Commission and the subsequent Office for Design and Architecture SA. From 2010 to 2012, Ben was director of “5000+, an Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide”, a national pilot project collaborating across government, industry and academia to develop a design-based vision for Adelaide and model for urban development.
Ben also established, led and chaired South Australia’s Design Review Program. In these roles, Ben provided strategic advice to government on significant projects, precincts, programs and policy including recently implemented Planning Reform. Prior to these roles, Ben was a senior lecturer with the University of Technology Sydney, and has experience in small, medium and commercial practice in Dubai, China and across Australia.