Heritage HIIT 03: Conservation in Action

Heritage HIIT 03: Conservation in Action

Heritage HIIT Session 03: Showcasing heritage - Design case studies 

Available On Demand
2 Formal CPD Points

This course forms one part of a four-session Heritage High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Series. Each session in this heritage bootcamp comprises a two-hour live presentation equivalent to 2 formal CPD points, and can be purchased individually.

We are also currently offering the complete Heritage HIIT Series as a single bundle. Available now to purchase at a discounted rate, this bundle includes access to all four Heritage HIIT sessions amounting to eight hours of expert presentation content, equivalent to 8 formal CPD points.

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Heritage HIIT Series: Complete Bundle Offer

Heritage HIIT 01: Why protect Australia's cultural heritage?
Heritage HIIT 02: Assessing and managing significance
Heritage HIIT 03: Conservation in action - traditional materials and trades
Heritage HIIT 04: Showcasing heritage - design case studies



In this third of our Heritage HIIT Sessions, we will examine the stuff of conservation - traditional materials and trades. Covering both 19th and 20th Century building typologies this session is a mix of the pragmatic and theoretical, assisting you to bridge the gap between the generalist and specialist aspects of heritage practice from initial analysis to documentation and delivery on site. 

Looking through the lens of traditional materials and trades experienced conservation practitioners Peter Lovell, Jason Pruszinski, David Bridgeman and Jean Rice bring you examples of conservation in action. We will explore and highlight particular materials used and processes engaged to achieve required conservation outcomes, and our expert presenters will breakdown the essentials of research and analysis. How to identify a structure's style and period, correct photographic and other documentation processes, when to reverse unsympathetic elements, and ways to define the threshold for deferring to a heritage or other specialist expert are all explored through a set of fascinating and significant project examples.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Articulate what is conservation in the context of the Burra Charter
  • Understand the importance of and process for materials/fabric analysis and research in scoping conservation works
  • Understand the impact of unsympathetic repairs and the process for reversal
  • Identify types of building construction and typical forms of deterioration and appropriate conservation responses
  • Describe the process for integrating other specialist consultants
  • Describe the necessity for specialist trade contractors

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

Our Heritage HIIT Series course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues. 
3.7 Assessment and integration of construction systems and materials consistent with project brief.

4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
4.6 Investigation and integration of appropriate material selection for the project design.

5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.
5.4 Integration of structural and construction systems in resolved project design.
5.5 Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.

6.2 Continuing coordination and integration of information and project material from relevant consultants, specialists and suppliers.
6.6 Identification and description within the project documentation of the type and scope of separate project trades and sub-contractors as required.
6.7 Establishment of quality assurance systems to ensure consistency and completeness of project documentation in accordance with the requirement for the project brief, project timeframe and project budget.

8.1 Selection process for appropriately qualified contractors is in accordance with procurement method and project contract
8.2 Recommendation regarding contractor selection and specifics of project contract are made to the client for their approval.


NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

Our Heritage HIIT Series course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

PC28 Be able to draw on knowledge from building sciences and technology, environmental sciences and behavioural and social sciences as part of preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design to optimise the performance of the project.

 Be able to integrate the material selection, structural and construction systems established in the conceptual design into the detailed design and documentation.
PC43 Be able to collaborate with nominated contractors early in the documentation process to identify key construction methodology opportunities and constraints.
Understand the roles and types of relevant consultants and suppliers as well as
applicable construction terminology. Maintain effective and clear communication in the coordination of relevant consultants, manufacturers and suppliers as required under the terms of engagement.
PC 45
Be able to nominate and integrate quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings, components and systems, considering the impact on Country and the environment, and the whole life carbon impact of the project. This includes integrating life cycle assessments and other expertise and advice from consultants.
PC46 Be able to produce project documentation that meets the requirements of the contract and procurement process and complies with regulatory controls, building standards and codes, and conditions of construction and planning approvals.


PC51 Be able to provide advice to clients and lead (or contribute to) the process of selecting a qualified contractor in accordance with the agreed procurement method and construction contract.




Jude Doyle is a practicing architect with 30 years’ experience in educational, residential and commercial projects with specific experience in adaptive reuse projects of heritage places. As the current Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Heritage committee, Jude facilitates the committees work with heritage advocacy, government policy on heritage places and management of the Victorian 20th Century Places of Heritage Database. Jude is also a member of the Australian Institute of Architects National Heritage Committee, committing to ongoing advocacy of Heritage places and is currently on the Archiving working group, looking at consolidating archiving systems for the Institute nationwide.




Jason has completed a vast number of heritage management, conservation and adaptive re-use projects throughout Australia, assisting in the management of some of Australia’s most culturally significant sites. Working primarily with Australian Government and State Government agencies, Jason’s focus is on delivering specialist conservation works that preserve heritage sites and return integrity to heritage buildings, informed by research. His project experience covers a diverse typology of building types including train stations, colonial fortifications, warehouses, lighthouses, aircraft hangars, munitions stores, water tanks and civic buildings.




Fraser Brown studied Architecture at the University of Melbourne and started working in the architectural conservation field in 1987 during his year out. Two years working at English Heritage in the management of their highly skilled stonemasons and carpenters provided a good grounding in traditional stonework, followed by over five years working as a conservation architect in London. On returning to Melbourne in 2001 ten years were spent at Allom Lovell & Associates/Lovell Chen heading the Conservation Works team before starting Quadratum Architecture in 2011, concentrating on building conservation, conversions and restoration.




Dr David Bridgman is a registered architect and architectural historian specialising in the field of heritage conservation.  He has completed a wide range of architectural and conservation projects throughout the Northern Territory over the past 30 years.  David has undertaken significant research into the built environment of Australia’s northern tropics with emphasis on the various influences coming from colonial architecture of the South-East Asian region.  His PhD examined Commonwealth Government housing for senior public servants in Darwin in the immediate pre-war period.  He is a Member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the National Trust of Australia.




Jean Rice is a Sydney architect with 40 years experience and a Masters of Heritage Conservation. Jean worked at the NSW PWD GAB for 20 years, then a private practice and from 2007 in her own practice. Jean is a conservation architect with extensive experience in all aspects of heritage conservation including heritage trades and materials conservation. Jean has been involved with the heritage assessment and conservation management of many historic sites. She is experienced in building conservation including documentation and maintenance planning. Jean was a NSW AIA Chapter Councillor, is active in Australia ICOMOS  and occasionally lectures in the heritage masters program.


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