The Australian Institute of Architects has lauded outgoing Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) Lucy Hughes Turnbull for her outstanding contribution to the built environment.

Stepping down from the role of Chief Commissioner for the GSC from 31 March for personal reasons, Turnbull was appointed the inaugural Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission in 2015.

In this role Turnbull has spearheaded strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney. In particular, she has led planning in the Greater Parramatta-Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) area.

Her tenure has seen the development and release of the Greater Sydney Region Plan, the NSW Government’s 40-year vision for the growth and development of Greater Sydney and the development and release of five associated District Plans.

“The Institute is tremendously grateful for Ms Turnbull’s contribution to our built environment, for which she has been a tireless advocate,” says AIA NSW chapter president Kathlyn Loseby. 

“Her capacity for and commitment to strategic thinking about our city of cities has provided significant positive outcomes already and stands to provide the scaffolding for a vibrant future for Greater Sydney,” adds Loseby.  

Geoff Roberts, the Commission’s deputy chief commissioner will take on the Chief Commissioner role.