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Power of Preservation: The economic value heritage creates for Hobart

Held on the 16th Nov 2020

at 6pm to

, Online

Add to Calendar 2020-11-16 18:00:00 2020-11-16 19:00:00 Australia/Sydney Power of Preservation: The economic value heritage creates for Hobart Our CityTalks series continues with a panel of experts on the value of heritage to Hobart. Online Webinar
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Our CityTalks series continues with a panel of experts on the value of heritage to Hobart.


  • Donovan Rypkema, Heritage Strategies International
  • Lucy Burke-Smith, Purcell
  • Peter Lovell, Lovell Chen
  • Cr Anna Reynolds, Lord Mayor of Hobart

Global expert in heritage economics, Donovan Rypkema and a panel of experts will talk about the value of Hobart’s heritage – how reusing heritage buildings and protecting streetscapes is the smart way to develop.

Donovan Rypkema will be in conversation with Anna Reynolds, Lord Mayor of Hobart and panellists Lucy Burke-Smith, Associate of international architecture and heritage consultancy practice Purcell, and Peter Lovell, Director and Founding Principal of architecture and heritage consultancy Lovell Chen.

This is a CityTalks event in collaboration with Open House Hobart.

CityTalks is a new series of events to inspire ideas and innovation for Hobart’s future. The event series is a partnership between the City of Hobart and the University of Tasmania.

The series is also available on the Island of Ideas YouTube channel.

About the Presenters

Donovan Rypkema

Donovan HeadshotDonovan Rypkema is president of Heritage Strategies International. Working at the nexus of heritage conservation and economic development, Donovoan has undertaken assignments in more than 50 countries.

Clients of HSI have included the World Bank, the European Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Council of Europe, and the United Nations Development Programme. Donovan is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Urban Development, a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Economics of Conservation, a former member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Global Heritage Fund, and currently serves on the Real Estate Market Advisory Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe.

Donovan holds a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. He teaches a graduate course in preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2012 Donovan received the Crowninshield Award from the National Trust, the highest preservation honour and was awarded for lifetime contribution to historic preservation in the United States.

Lucy Burke-Smith

Burke HeadshotLucy Burke-Smith is a registered architect with specialist experience in built heritage and post graduate qualifications in heritage conservation. She has more than 17 years’ experience in the management and delivery of complex, large-scale conservation projects and extensive experience as a participant in, and leader of, multidisciplinary teams. During her extensive career in government, Lucy was responsible for ensuring quality design and conservation outcomes for the significant heritage precinct of The Rocks in Sydney and for the Port Arthur Historic Sites.

Lucy is based in Hobart as an Associate with Purcell, an international architecture and heritage consultancy practice. She was Jury Chair for the 2020 Australian Institute of Architects (Tas) Awards and Competition Advisor for the Cascade Female Factory Design Competition.

Peter Lovell

Lovell HeadshotPeter Lovell is a leading heritage consultant and a patron of the arts and architecture. He is a passionate supporter of Australia's architectural heritage, and in more than 39 years of professional practice has played a significant part in the development of heritage practice in this country. He is a founding director of Lovell Chen, a firm that leads the field in design and development in heritage contexts.

Peter's professional life began in conservation and restoration work, using his training in traditional building materials and conservation practice. Early projects achieved wide recognition and contributed to Melbourne's growing appreciation of its built heritage, a movement with which Peter is proud to be associated. More recently, his work has focused on using his comprehensive understanding of the complex issues faced in the adaptation and reuse of buildings and places in order to develop strategies and guide outcomes. He is a frequent contributor to the decisions of heritage authorities such as the Victorian Heritage Council.

As an active participant in his profession, Peter regularly contributes through conference papers, lectures and speaking engagements, as well as membership of heritage committees and organisations. He contributed to the Round Table on Management Plans for National Heritage & Commonwealth Heritage Lists, and to a peer review of the Department of Planning & Community Development's Sustainability & Heritage Buildings Research Project. He is an honorary fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, and a long-standing and past executive member of Australia ICOMOS.

Councillor Anna Reynolds, Lord Mayor of Hobart

Reynolds HeadshotCouncillor Anna Reynolds was elected Lord Mayor of Hobart in November 2018, the third woman to be elected into the role. First elected as an Alderman to the City of Hobart in 2014, she was Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Committee during her first term. Anna began her career establishing a community legal centre in North Queensland, after completing her degree at the Australian National University. She has held senior roles in advocacy, policy development and management, including: Managing the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Parliament Liaison Office; Deputy Director of WWF International’s Global Climate Change Program; and Chief Executive Officer of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. As Lord Mayor, Anna is focused on a range of issues including affordable housing, climate change, active transport, and protecting Hobart’s heritage.

Anna is the Council's representative on the following external committees and bodies: