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The Australian Institute of Architects in collaboration with Australia ICOMOS presents:

Demystifying Heritage Architecture and The Burra Charter


Please join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Burra Charter: The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance.

The Burra Charter was first adopted in 1979 at the historic South Australian mining town of Burra and defines the basic principles and procedures to be followed in the conservation of heritage places. This seminar will look at the history of the Burra Charter, how it has changed and how it is relevant today. This will include case studies and practical examples demonstrating the use of the Burra Charter in heritage architecture today. 

Supported by the Victorian Chapter Heritage Committee

Wednesday 1 May, 12pm-2pm



Professor Miles Lewis AM FAHA M.ICOMOS

Professor Miles Lewis AM FAHA is an architectural historian, active in the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the Comité International d’Architecture Vernaculaire, and has been a UNESCO/ICOMOS referee for more than twenty World Heritage sites.  He initiated the Burra Charter following the Moscow-Suzdal conference of ICOMOS in 1978, where he led the Australian delegation, and was subsequently one of the Charter’s authors.




Roger Beeston, Director - RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants, M.ICOMOS

Throughout his career Roger has continually engaged with the fields of both contemporary architecture and heritage management. In doing so, he has acquired detailed expertise in traditional and contemporary building technologies, allowing him to develop authentic and sustainable remedial conservation interventions. Roger is a Registered Architect and an Associate of the Australian Institute of Architects where he has served as a Member and Jury Chair for the Institute Awards, as well as being a past recipient of the Institute's John George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture on multiple occasions.


John Statham, Senior Associate - Lovell Chen

John Statham joined our multi-disciplinary heritage team in 2015 and is now a Senior Associate. He works on the identification and assessment of heritage sites, the preparation of conservation and heritage management plans, and on guidelines to assist in the management of heritage places. He provides policy advice at state and national levels. His work includes the provision of technical, design and planning advice to architects, property owners, and state and local government agencies on issues relating to the conservation of sites of cultural significance. He leads project teams, contributes to Lovell Chen’s staff development programme and provides mentoring.


Suzanne Zahra, Senior Associate - Lovell Chen, M. ICOMOS

Architect and heritage consultant Suzanne Zahra joined Lovell Chen’s heritage team in 2012, and is now a Senior Associate. She brings more than 16 years’ experience in the heritage field to her work in the provision of heritage advice, and the preparation of conservation and heritage management plans, and building and heritage planning assessments. Much of Suzanne’s work is focused on achieving successful outcomes for the refurbishment and/or adaptive reuse of large scale heritage complexes, including government-owned infrastructure. She advises on all heritage aspects, assists in applications for approvals, and works closely with our conservation team during construction phases. She also develops ongoing working relationships with commercial development clients for sites that involve heritage places.


Chaired by:

Felicity Watson, Advocacy Manager National Trust of Australia (Victoria) M. ICOMOS

Felicity Watson has been with the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) since 2013, and has more than fifteen years of experience in heritage management, public history, and advocacy. Felicity is responisible for representing the National Trust at VCAT, Planning Panels and Heritage Council Hearings, overseeing the delivery of the National Trust's Reconciliation Action Plan, and the development of strategic programs and campaigns to advocate for the protection of heritage in Victoria.

This seminar provides one formal CPD point per hour on completion of set assessment. (Two formal points are available).



Ticket Costs
A+ Members $70
Institute Members / Australia ICOMOS Members $80
Graduate Member $40
SONA Member $30

Non Member $120



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


Australia ICOMOS
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria 3125
T: 61 3 9251 7131
E: austicomos@deakin.edu.au
W: www.icomos.org/australia



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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