Elizabeth Vines OAM

Past President









Elizabeth Vines is a specialist heritage conservation architect. After obtaining her Honours degree in Architecture (Melbourne University,1977), Liz started her own Melbourne practice, Jacobs Lewis Vines. From the early 1980s she practiced in Sydney while living in Balmain and moved to Adelaide in 1986. Liz’s work is across Australia through her practice McDougall & Vines, undertaking a wide range of heritage projects, and serving as heritage advisor to a wide number of councils and remote places such as Broken Hill and outback Wilcannia. Liz’s first book, Streetwise, was a seminal “how to” manual for those interested in building and streetscape restoration. It has been widely used as a guide for upgrading Australian towns since its publication in 1996.

Liz’s work in heritage conservation has extended to Asia, and her second book Streetwise Asia – a 2006 World Bank/UNESCO publication now translated into Chinese – has found wide applicability. She teaches at the University of Hong Kong, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Centre of Cultural Heritage in Asia & the Pacific at Deakin University in Melbourne. She also consults to UNESCO, the Getty Institute, and the World Bank on a range of Asia projects. She has established the Streetwise Asia Fund for Heritage Conservation to provide small scale grants for community based heritage projects in Asia. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to heritage conservation in Australia and Asia.

Liz was previously a member of the Executive Committee from 2003 – 2009, during which time she acted as general and minutes Secretary – and she was also on the organizing committee of the 2010 ICOMOS/TICCIH Conference held in Broken Hill.