New Heritage

Panel discussion

Watch the launch of our Sydney Open 2020 live-streamed talk series with a fascinating panel discussion on how existing architecture can be transformed to adapt to the contemporary city and inspire new uses.

We ask: how can we futureproof historical architecture to meet our technological and health needs? And in our desire for a greener planet, how can reimagining past designs improve our future?

Right now, in our ever-changing city, there are plans to transform Sydney’s former industrial areas into dynamic new precincts, and buildings that have long stood empty are being invigorated with new life.

Many of the changes ensure that these structures not only serve new purposes but also use less energy and are more sustainable than their former incarnations. As workspace design is adapted for the post-COVID-19 environment, we are seeing radical shifts in the ways people use these buildings for work and play.  

The panel brings together professionals from the fields of architecture, building, heritage and design to discuss how Sydney’s unique historical architecture can be incorporated into these bold new visions and how contemporary building design can retain valuable heritage. 

Watch the online talk


Meet the speakers

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    Adam Haddow

    Director, SJB

    Adam Haddow is a Sydney based architect and director and is interested in what makes cities vibrant, connected and civic.
    Learn more about Adam.

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    Jono Cottee

    Development Director, Built

    Jono is an experienced property industry professional specialising in property development, design, delivery and leasing with a focus on commercial real estate.
    Learn more about Jono.

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    Cameron Dymond

    Associate Principal, Arup

    As Australasian Property Leader, Cameron maintains extensive property market awareness and knowledge of trends and thought leadership.
    Learn more about Cameron.

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    Richard Francis-Jones

    Design Director, FJMT

    Richard Francis-Jones is a highly awarded and leading contemporary Australian architect and has led a distinguished architectural career and is a founding partner of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmtstudio).
    Learn more about Richard.

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    Sharon Veale

    CEO, GML Heritage

    Sharon brings over 15 years’ experience in Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage assessment, management and conservation for public and private sector clients.
    Learn more about Sharon.

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