Bruce Dawbin is an architect and heritage consultant currently based in Sydney as a sole practitioner. He has had 40 years experience in government service and private practice. starting with the former Commonwealth Department of Works in the 1970’s. The Department opened up opportunities for involvement in major heritage projects, providing the foundation for a passionate interest in heritage and conservation.
Bruce has a special interest in industrial, railway, and mining heritage and has been involved in a wide range of conservation projects for RailCorp, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, and other private and government clients.
He has worked closely with local government since 1995, holding positions as heritage advisor, for 7 years with Shoalhaven and currently with Lane Cove since 1995. In recent years, Bruce has prepared Conservation Management Plans for prominent sites including Eveleigh Workshops, Fort Scratchley, Bankstown Airport, North Head Artillery School, and ongoing heritage monitoring at Liverpool and Hornsby Railway Stations.
Current activities include conservation projects for Hill End Historic Site and the adaptive reuse of a heritage cottage in Hill End as the new office for the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Bruce has been member of ICOMOS since 1996. For several years, he had associations with ICOMOS Philippines and the Heritage Conservation Society in Manila, participating in various conferences and workshops. From this arose the opportunity to coordinate and document two heritage school conservation projects in the southern islands of the Philippines. The seed funding for both projects was provided by Liz Vines’ Streetwise Asia Fund which led to full support from the Australian Government (AusAid) through the Embassy in Manila.