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Navigating Heritage: Architectural opportunities & statutory pathways

Thursday 14 November 12pm-2pm

Heritage sites offer immense richness to our cities and towns, building up layers of history and contributing to our collective memory. Yet, heritage can often be perceived as a site constraint by clients, layered with unknown cost and time implications. Join us for a seminar on how heritage can be seen as an opportunity rather than a constraint. Intended to assist contemporary practitioners, this seminar will focus on how to achieve design excellence and successfully work with sensitive heritage sites. 

In this 2-hour session attendees will hear from two leading architectural practices on recent award-winning projects that successfully engaged with heritage sites. Michael Blancato from Kerstin Thompson Architects will discuss a series of works including the Sacred Heart Building Abbotsford Convent Foundation and Peter Elliott from Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design who will discuss the Parliament of Victoria Members’ Annexe. These architectural case studies will be supported by a practical discussion from Emily McLean, Manager of Statutory Approvals at Heritage Victoria, who will demystify the process of heritage protection in Victoria.


This session is the first of a series of CPD events that will be organised by the Institute's Victorian Heritage Committee, with the intention to educate and encourage awareness around the role of heritage within the built environment.



Representing KTA - Michael Blancato, Associate

Kerstin Thompson Architects is a multi-award-winning architecture practice, founded by Kerstin Thompson in 1994 in Melbourne, Australia. The practice is well established as a significant and innovative reference point in Australian architecture and urban design.  Known for astute design thinking, KTA designs creative, meaningful and site-responsive architecture that seamlessly combines form, interior and landscape to create coherent and compelling places. Clarity of approach and sensitivity to place are the guiding principles for each and every project.

Now in its third decade, KTA comprises an experienced and talented team of around 27 architects, urban and interior designers along with a dedicated finance and business management team. KTA has an extensive portfolio of completed projects for arts, cultural, tertiary institutions, schools, commercial, single and multi-residential clients. The practice focus is on architecture as a civic endeavour; buildings that forge connections with their surroundings and the people who inhabit them. Design is necessarily integrated, multi-disciplinary and based on intensive collaboration between client, consultants and contractors.



Adjunct Professsor Peter Elliott AM LFRAIA

Peter Elliott is a Melbourne architect and recipient of the 2017 Gold Medal from the Australian Institute of Architects. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Architecture by the University of Melbourne. He has a special interest in the design of the public realm, and has lectured and written extensively on contemporary architecture and urban design. In 2015 he authored a monograph book titled “Episodic Urbanism – RMIT Urban Spaces Project 1996 – 2015’ published by URO Publications.

Emily McLean - Manager of Statutory Approvals 

Emily is proud to play her part in the curatorial management of the built environment in Victoria. Emily McLean is the Manager of Statutory Approvals at Heritage Victoria - the State Government's principle cultural (non-Aboriginal) heritage agency. Her role encompasses all approvals under the Victorian Heritage Act including changes to state-listed heritage places and objects, historic archaeology and maritime archaeology. 
Emily has previously worked as a heritage consultant and heritage advisor for local government and as an advocate for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). She holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Auckland and a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, New York. 


Chaired by: Ariani Anwar

Ariani Anwar is an Associate and registered architect at award-winning architectural practice, John Wardle Architects. She has a strong interest in the heritage of our cities and is a committee member of the AIA Victorian Heritage Committee. 


This seminar provides one formal CPD point per hour on completion of set assessment. (2 formal points are available).



Ticket Costs

A+ Members $70
Members $80
Graduate Members $40
SONA Members $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



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.