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Understanding Heritage in a Contemporary City

Part 1: Tuesday 13 March
12.00pm- 2.00pm

Part 2: Wednesday 21 March
12.00pm- 2.00pm

NOTE: You are booking for BOTH sessions.

Event Details
Heritage buildings and sites are an important part of our built environment and landscape. When adaptive reuse is done well it contributes to the surroundings and complements the contemporary use for which it has been remoulded to accommodate. The question is how do architects proceed to make sure regulations and requirements are met, the nature of the building is kept in line with its heritage, yet it is functional for its intended contemporary use?

This event will provide you with the latest updates on the Heritage Act and unpack the Burra Charter components with the understanding of protecting heritage. It will also explore examples of Facadism and discuss how we treat it, how to embed the latest ESD components and look at more constructive examples of how contemporary elements can be mindfully intertwined into heritage buildings.

Session 1 will focus on:

  • New Heritage Act updates and the impacts it has for architects and the built environment
  • CBD vs Suburban adaptions - discussing the differences in approach between the types of sites and covering issues such as facadism

Session 2 will focus on:

  • Embedding the latest ESD components into heritage buildings
  • EnerPHit - the Passive House retrofit standard
  • How energy efficiency can be achieved and thoroughly planned for in existing buildings


Knowledge Domain
Social & Ethical

Matt Gibson- Director, Matt Gibson Architecture

Speakers: Session 1



Paul Coffey- Engineering/Building Construction Member, Heritage Council of Victoria

Paul Coffey has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of building / construction and architecture, and has overseen the development of a wide range of relevant projects. Mr Coffey is currently a Director of Paul Coffey Architecture Pty Ltd.



Anita Brady- Principal, Heritage, Lovell Chen

Lovell Chen Principal Anita Brady is a heritage consultant with more than 28 years’ experience in cultural heritage practice. She provides high level heritage advice, leads a multi-disciplinary team and undertakes municipal heritage work including heritage policy reviews. Her work includes advice on adaptive reuse and redevelopment of heritage places, the preparation of submissions to panels and hearings, and the delivery of expert evidence. She joined the practice in 2001.

Anita provides heritage advice to agencies at local government, state and Commonwealth levels, and to owners of heritage properties large and small. She is thoroughly conversant in the various pieces of local, state and national legislation that govern heritage management.

Anita manages the preparation of large heritage studies and reviews, such as the Australia Post National Heritage Strategy and a national study of post offices (2006-2011). Recent municipal heritage studies include work for the cities of Boroondara, Yarra Ranges, Melbourne, Yarra, Maribyrnong and Greater Bendigo.


Julia Street- Principal, Heritage Policy, Heritage Victoria

Julia leads the Policy and Investigations & Compliance areas of Heritage Victoria. Her role focuses on ensuring the communities expectations for the protection of heritage of state significance are met. This ranges from ensuring we have the right legislation in place to ensuring those laws are enforced.

Julia has held diverse leadership roles across the government, not-for-profit and private industry. Amongst other accomplishments, she is the co-founder of an award winning micro-brewery.

Julia is passionate about helping create thriving communities. She uses her skills in regulatory compliance, climate change adaptation, stakeholder engagement and problem solving in roles that encourage the growth, vitality and enrichment of Victorians.



Speakers: Session 2






Jeffrey Robinson: Techincal Director, Built Environment, Aurecon

Jeff is Aurecon’s Global Sustainable Buildings Leader

Jeff has worked as a consulting engineer for over 30 years working in London, Ireland and for the last 20 years in Melbourne and overseas.

He has been involved in the design of a wide variety of leading edge sustainable building types including offices, residential, industrial, academic and institutional buildings and has worked on projects in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Middle East, Europe and America.

He is a passionate advocate for the design of sustainable and healthy buildings, and communities.

He is an experienced Green Star Accredited Professional, LEED AP, and Infrastructure Sustainability Professional and a member of the WELL Building Faculty

He is a Technical Specialist on the Office of the Victorian Governments Design Review Panel, a Member of the South Australian Design Review panel, an Alternate Member of the Heritage Council of Victoria and a Member of the Property Council of Australia’s Victorian Sustainable Development Committee.


Johanna Trickett: ESD Consultant, Aurecon

Johanna is an ESD Consultant with Aurecon in Melbourne. She has held roles as an architect, sustainability advisor and ESD consultant, which enables her to bring a diverse range of design, engineering and stakeholder engagement experience into every project. During 13 years local and international industry experience, she developed a keen eye for design cantered sustainability solutions. Johanna is a certified Passive House Designer with a great passion to establish this world leading energy performance and indoor comfort standard in Australia.

This seminar provides one formal CPD point per hour on completion of set assessment 


Ticket Costs
A+ $100                 
Standard $108       
SONA/EMAGN/Retired $60

Non- Members:
General $210         
Non- Member Student $80


Australian Institute of Architects
Level 2,
41 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Australian Institute of Architects
Victorian Chapter
Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street 
T: 03 8620 3866 
E: vic@architecture.com.au



1. The Victorian Chapter has the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue of an event. 2. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise. 3. No cancellations or refunds two (2) working days prior to the event. 4. People attending in replace of the registered person must pay the ticket fee associated with their membership type. 5. Please note that start and end times are an estimation. Some seminars may finish earlier or later than the proposed time.

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