Rijavec has been an applicant and expert witness in ten successful VCAT appeals on various inner city projects. Notably he directed the appeals strategy for NKYA, appointing the legal team and appeal consultants. This "test case for the Victorian 2030 planning policy" broke new ground by redefining Fitzroy's urban character, which
successfully challenged Yarra City Council's policy and its South Fitzroy Conservation Study. NKYA set a new benchmark for medium and high density inner city projects. It is still cited as an important precedent in VCAT appeals submissions a decade on:

Rijavec's Prima Tower Southbank, was also approved by VCAT despite breaching the forty storey limit by 26 stories; 'Tribunal backs 225-metre tower - National - …"



Rijavec's advocacy of architecture is well documented. His contributions to the architectural and urban design debate includes radio and TV interviews, online and print mediaexposure.

Selected links:
Standing out in a crowd - The Age ›Victoria,Ivan Rijavec Architects: Wood Street, Fitzroy, Pure Form: Ivan Rijavec - Ivan Rijavec - Google Libros(Ivan Rijavec on questions of urban character - The Fifth ...…), Daring architect eyes Acland Street - National - www ... › Home › (Ivan Rijavec - Wikipedia, the free‎) ,

His advocacy also includes work on AIA Urban Design committees, Planning Advisory Panels and on Australian Design Council juries. He gifted the design of the Furniture 95 Exhibition promoting Australian industrial design, to the Australian Design Council for its acclaimed exhibition at 333 Collins Street in 1995.