Heritage & Design Webinar

9 March 2021

On Wednesday 31 March, Mecca Events will present a CPD webinar on all things heritage, from understanding heritage context and significance to regulations and compliance, materials and finishes. Speakers include specialists in the field from Lovell Chen in Melbourne, Taylor & Hinds in Tasmania, and Stephanie Keays in Toowoomba.

What does heritage mean in Australian design today?

The guiding heritage document in Australia, The Burra Charter, articulates that: ‘heritage conservation’ means all the processes of looking after a place so as to retain its cultural significance through consideration of aesthetic, historic, scientific, social and spiritual values.

In this sense, when evaluating a project proposal, architects need to understand the building’s language and its special links to time and place, so that their designs relate to their social and cultural context in order to retain their heritage significance … their sense of place.

Often, there is so much more to tell in the fabric or history of a place – perhaps a story of someone who lived in or used a place, a unique event that took place there, even a technological innovation, possibly taken for granted today.

Understanding the historic context is critical to the successful alteration or adaptation of heritage places, as we seek to align them to meet current needs, or codes, or new uses.

This CPD webinar will be presented and led by key team members of Lovell Chen, one of Australia’s pre-eminent heritage architectural practices, and will also include presentations and discussions with 2020 AIA Heritage Design Winner, Mat Hinds (Taylor & Hinds) and renowned Toowoomba-based heritage architect, Stephanie Keays.

Our speakers will each present on how architects can:

  • Seek to add context and meaning to their heritage projects by incorporating, referencing and creating a dialogue with the historic fabric (and not by just mimicking or replicating the past).
  • Infuse the new with the old to enhance value and elicit a deeper level of understanding of what is significant.
  • Convey an understanding of the process in submissions to statutory approval bodies.
  • Learn how to address the challenges of bringing older buildings into compliance with current building regulations, especially in relation to environmental sustainability, disability access and fire safety.
  • Make decisions in terms of materials, finishes and furnishings about what to bring back and what is appropriate for current use.


Anne-Marie Treweeke (Lovell Chen, Melbourne)

Anne-Marie is a key member of the Lovell Chen leadership team. She is a director and Lovell Chen’s practice principal, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in architecture and master planning to the strategic role of high-level practice management and development. Anne-Marie will present case studies of two of Lovell Chen’s most notable projects – The World Heritage listed Melbourne Exhibition Buildings and the Australian National University in Canberra. Anne-Marie will also draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Lovell Chen Heritage team, who will explain the process involved when making submissions to statutory heritage authority approvals and appeals, for works and development to heritage properties and places.

Suzanne Zahra (Lovell Chen, Melbourne)

Suzanne Zahra, architect and heritage consultant is an Associate Principal at Lovell Chen, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in the heritage field with much of her work focused on achieving successful outcomes for the refurbishment and/or adaptive reuse of large scale heritage complexes, including government-owned infrastructure. Suzanne will explain the process involved when making submissions to statutory heritage authority approvals and appeals, for works and development to heritage properties and places.

Mat Hinds (Taylor and Hinds, Tasmania)

Taylor and Hinds’ work is characterised by an awareness of Tasmania’s architectural traditions – and seeks to foster deep social and environmental connections, through a high level of quality in architectural ideation and execution. Mat co-founded Taylor and Hinds with Poppy Taylor in 2011. The practice considers buildings as an extension of the landscape condition and seeks conceptual rigour in resolving ideas from poetic abstraction toward the reality of everyday needs. Mat will discuss the implications of architectural tradition, method and critique in a heritage context, as evidenced through Bozen’s Cottage for which the practice won The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage Architecture at the 2020 National Architecture Awards and was described by the Jury as ” ….a detailed and important work…the architecture promotes a view of historic workmanship while simultaneously projecting an engaging future…”

Stephanie Keays (Toowoomba, Queensland)

Stephanie is a sole practitioner with a wealth of experience in the conservation field. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, she worked for specialist heritage firms in both Victoria and Queensland before branching out on her own in Toowoomba. Quickly developing a reputation for excellence, a diverse range of design, advisory and consulting projects soon followed. She provided consultancy services to the Toowoomba Council as Heritage Advisor for 12 years, advising on council owned heritage assets, development assessment applications for work to heritage and character places and attending appointments with over 700 private owners to provide design and planning advice. Stephanie will showcase three modest, but special Toowoomba places to show how the heritage of a place can influence even small decisions in the design process.


5–7.30pm Wednesday
31 March 2021


$85 per person plus GST, 20% discount for ACA members applies (see discount code below)

Purchase includes course notes, MP4 recording of the session and CPD certificate.


To reserve your place, make your booking here.


2 formal CPD points

Learning Outcomes 

At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. explain the steps involved in making submissions for heritage buildings to statutory authorities
  2. list the key factors to consider for older buildings to comply with current building regulations
  3. explain the importance of having an understanding of heritage significance in the design process
  4. describe the process for determining how certain materials and finishes are retained or selected on heritage projects.

AACA competencies 

  1. Design 3.4
  2. Documentation 5.3
  3. Design 3.3
  4. Design 4.6
  5. APBSA Care Area: Design
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