Lauren Schutz

NSW Representative – Emerging Heritage Professionals                                                    – Social & Networking Event Organiser

Lauren is a Senior Heritage Consultant based in Sydney. She has a particular interest in the interpretation of history for local communities, and in facilitating the adaptive reuse of buildings and broader cultural landscapes to encourage ongoing community engagement . Having worked within the private sector for over five years, Lauren has experience across a range of built heritage projects, varying in scale and complexity.

Lauren has a background in history, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Monash University and a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Sydney. During her time at Monash she undertook study tours in Italy, South Africa and Rwanda, developing her understanding of the potential for encouraging community engagement with history and heritage places.

Interested in the representation of dark history, Lauren recently published a peer reviewed journal article “The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct: Beyond Commemorating Trauma” in Change Over Time (Volume 11.1, 2022). Examining the development of the precinct within the political context, the influences of the Western heritage management framework and local community groups, and the potential of the Site of Conscience movement.

Lauren is a Full International ICOMOS Member and is currently the NSW representative on the AICOMOS Emerging Heritage Professionals Working Group. Organising social and networking events, Lauren has a particular focus on engaging with the next generation of heritage professionals based in Sydney and strengthening connections across the industry.