The Department of Planning (DoP) in WA is looking at how to achieve better design outcomes as Perth and WA develop. This process is being undertaken as part of Planning Reform for Better Design (PRBD) and it is trying to first understand the barriers that have been encountered in achieving good design outcomes under the existing planning policy settings, and then to propose solutions.

JBA was invited to both the Policy Content and Policy Testing streams of the PRBD process, reflecting a long term position in the WA development landscape as both thought leaders and accomplished practitioners.

JBA’s input has been informed by experience supporting cutting edge and demonstration development projects to meet their objectives and be holistically successful as projects, as well as experience gained in other states.

The JBA team also recently took part in the Perth 2.0 project. Transforming Perth 2.0 Design Charrette was a one day workshop with some of Perth’s leading architectural practices responding to the challenge: using good design to bring density to Perth’s transport corridors. This will lead to a joint report, authored by the Property Council of Australia, CODA and the Office of Senator Scott Ludlam of the Greens, and is a follow up to the highly regarded report Transforming Perth.

JBA is continuing to expand our project involvement in master planning and strategic sustainability including Landscape Architecture for the Murdoch University Masterplan, strategic water and landscape planning at MRA’s Wungong project, and an electric vehicle strategic study for Lendlease and LandCorp at Alkimos Beach.

JBA brings together expert knowledge in cutting edge water and energy systems research, practical experience in green building and place-making, and work in advocacy for urban green space, to contribute to the reform and visioning of planning and development in WA.