City Building Seminar - September

City Building Seminars

With the need to move away from a ‘throw-away society’ now finally gaining general acceptance, it is time to take the same approach with our built environment.

Buildings change over time – their original use may no longer be required, or current standards may make change necessary. How can you approach the work of adapting old buildings for new uses, rather than starting over again with a new building, and balance retaining authenticity while creating vibrant new places?

This presentation will illustrate how the adaptive re-use of buildings in NSW has recently led to some award-winning architectural designs. These designs have been praised for the way they provide a creative response to the existing buildings on site, celebrate their unique heritage character yet also deliver great placemaking outcomes.

This seminar will demonstrate the ways in which an understanding of heritage significance can lead to an authentic outcome for a place, proving that everything old can become new again.

About David Burdon

David Burdon is a registered architect and the current Conservation Director at the National Trust (NSW). In his career with the NSW Government Architect’s Office and in private architectural offices, he has worked on a number of successful adaptive re-use projects on numerous building types.

About Jane Alexander

Jane is an archaeologist and heritage specialist who is the current Advocacy Manager at the National Trust (NSW). In her previous roles as a heritage consultant she has worked on adaptive reuse projects from tramsheds and aerodromes to churches and police stations, proving that with the right approach, heritage places can continue to thrive.


  • Thursday, 30 September 2021 | 12:30 PM