Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 660

  1. Vale Ian Hocking, (21/9/42 – 16/11/14)
  2. Vale Prof Karel Bakker
  3. New Graduate Certificate in Architectural Conservation at UWA 2015
  4. Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage conference, Liverpool, 13-16 July 2015
  5. Books in Exchange for Book Reviews
  6. Call for South Australian Design Review Panel Members
  7. Architectural Design Competition for new Bamiyan Culture Centre, Afghanistan
  8. US/ICOMOS 2015 International Exchange Program – call for applicants and host organisations: REVISED DEADLINE
  9. Calling all Heritage Events for National Trust’s Heritage Festival 2015
  10. Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions – applications open
  11. News from Sydney Living Museums
  12. Dual award – a first for Deakin University and the world
  13. Terra 2016: XIIth World Congress on Earthen Architectures, 11-14 July 2016, Lyon (France) – call for papers
  14. New publication – World Heritage, Urban Design and Tourism
  15. 2nd International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: People and Communities, Spain, April-May 2015 – abstract deadline extended
  16. Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin available
  17. SITUATION VACANT Manager, Finance and Administration, ICCROM, Rome


1. Vale Ian Hocking, (21/9/42 – 16/11/14)

 Ian Hocking

Ian Hocking, one of Western Australia’s best known heritage practitioners, recently passed away after battling illness for several years. Ian had an unusual skill set – he was both a qualified architect and a planner – and was able to integrate heritage, architecture, urban design, planning and social planning in his work.

From the mid 1970s, Ian worked in the Planning Department at Perth City Council before establishing his own architectural and planning practice in Perth in 1986, specialising in heritage conservation. Under Ian’s leadership Hocking Heritage Studio, as the practice came to be known, completed many major conservation and urban planning projects winning wide recognition and multiple awards.

Ian was a practitioner of high integrity who applied the highest standards of behaviour and professional courtesy in his dealings with people. His fearless advice, while not always welcomed in some circles, led to a reputation for objectivity which made him a highly sought after practitioner for both public and private sector projects.

His work on Perth Town Hall and St George’s Cathedral, Perth set standards for conservation practice, the former earning awards from the AIA and the Heritage Council of WA, the latter winning the AIA (WA) George Temple Poole Award for conservation in 2008. In November 2012, Ian received the Architect Board of Western Australia’s Award for outstanding contribution to the architectural professional – the State’s highest Architecture accolade.

Ian had a particular interest in the management of historic cities, towns and areas. He undertook heritage character and conservation planning studies of a number of towns and suburban areas in WA. As an expert heritage adviser to the West Australian government and the City of Fremantle, Ian dealt with many complex heritage challenges including proposals to demolish and redevelop the magnificent Goldsbrough Woolstore and the Elders Woolstores complexes. It is in large part thanks to Ian and his staff that both buildings have survived.

His expertise in, and enthusiasm for, heritage planning practice led to Ian being accepted as an Expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH). He contributed significantly to the work of CIVVIH over the last 14 years, serving a term on its Executive and undertaking World Heritage assessments on towns in China and Malaysia. Ian was widely respected by his CIVVIH peers and (along with his wife Sandra) formed strong friendships with many international colleagues. As a sign of the esteem in which he was held, Ian has been posthumously nominated for Honorary Membership of CIVVIH by its President.

Ian was erudite, a thought leader on heritage planning and a strong advocate for heritage conservation. He also had a warm and generous spirit. He will be greatly missed.

David Logan, Agnieshka Kiera, Sue Jackson-Stepowski, Prue Griffin


2. Vale Prof Karel Bakker

Heritage colleague Robert de Jong contacted Australia ICOMOS earlier this week to inform us of the passing of Prof Karel Bakker. With his permission, his words have been reproduced below:


It is with great sadness that I wish to inform the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat about the passing away of Prof Karel Bakker on 19 November 2014.  Karel was a full professor at and head of the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria. He was also recognised as a heritage expert through his work for the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM.

Through his involvement with these bodies he had the opportunity to meet with and work together with members of Australia ICOMOS and other Australian heritage practitioners. He was also a member of the Editorial Board for Historic Environment.

On a personal level I experience the immense loss of a great friend, respected colleague and valued business associate.

Prof. Bakker contributed to numerous World Heritage missions, Heritage Impact Assessments, training workshops, meetings, and publications, which raised the bar high for heritage conservation, especially in the Africa region. He was instrumental in developing and raising awareness about the Historic Urban Landscape approach, which was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference as a ‘Recommendation’ in November 2011.

Karel had strong professional and personal connections with many Australian heritage colleagues. He will be greatly missed by both the Australian and World Heritage communities, who have looked to him for guidance and inspiration over the years. On behalf of Australia ICOMOS members, we express our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Karel Bakker.


3. New Graduate Certificate in Architectural Conservation at UWA 2015

Applications for places in the new Graduate Certificate in Architectural Conservation being offered through the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia in 2015 are now open. This course will introduce the full range of concepts, methods, and practices involved in the specialised field of architectural conservation, from the international to the local level, and aims to develop professional level skills in conservation planning and in practical building conservation.  

For more information covering description of the course, admission requirements, and the application process, visit the University of WA website or contact one of the following:


4. Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage conference, Liverpool, 13-16 July 2015

Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and Traditions
Liverpool, UK
13-16 July 2015

Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and Traditions is brought to you by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy, University of Illinois.

This conference offers a venue for exploring three critical interactions in this trans-Atlantic dialogue: heritage, tourism and traditions. North America and Europe fashioned two dominant cultural tropes from their powerful and influential intellectual traditions, which have been enacted in Central/South America and Africa, everywhere implicating indigenous cultures.

For more information, visit the conference website.


5. Books in Exchange for Book Reviews

The following new publications from are available for review. You will need to write a review of about 700-800 words to be published in Historic Environment early next year, in exchange for the free book.

  • Harrison, R. & Maher, R. A. Human (eds) 2014, Ecodynamics in the North Atlantic. A Collaborative Model of Humans and Nature through Space and Time, Lexington Books.
  • Hinkson, Melinda. 2014, Remembering the Future. Warlpiri Life through the Prism of Drawing, Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS.
  • Datta, S & Beynon, D. 2014, Digital Archetypes. Adaptions of Early Temple Architecture in South and Southeast Asia, Ashgate Publishing.
  • Young, Greg & Stevenson, D. 2013, The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning and Culture, Ashgate Publishing.

Please contact Sandy Blair, the HE Reviews Editor, if you are interested in reviewing any of the above titles.


6. Call for South Australian Design Review Panel Members

The South Australian Design Review Program is seeking new members for its Design Review Panel.

South Australia’s Design Review Program is going from strength to strength with changes to the planning system in 2012 bringing design to the forefront of the planning assessment process in the City of Adelaide, and further changes in 2013 affecting the Inner Metro areas.

The Design Review Panel assists the Government Architect in delivering independent design advice to the Development Assessment Commission, informed by all aspects of best practice urban design and the principles of good design.

Detail on these positions will be advertised in media outlets (The Weekend Australian and The Advertiser on Saturday 21 November 2014) and on the Tenders SA website with the Job title ‘Provision for consultancy services for Design Review Panel’. It is anticipated that the tender notice will appear from 20 November 2014 until 11 December 2014.

If you have any further questions about these roles please contact Andreea Jeleascu, Design Advisor at the Office for Design and Architecture SA on telephone (08) 8402 1988.


7. Architectural Design Competition for new Bamiyan Culture Centre, Afghanistan

Together with Afghan government, UNESCO Kabul office is now organizing an international architectural design competition for the new Bamiyan Culture Centre at the Bamiyan World Heritage site, Afghanistan. The competition will generate interest in the project and ensure that the winning design is both iconic and also commensurate with the worldwide significance of the site itself. Proposals are welcome from qualified and experienced applicants with a vision for sharing the importance of cultural identity of Afghanistan from the past, present and into the future.

For more information, click here.


8. US/ICOMOS 2015 International Exchange Program – call for applicants and host organisations: REVISED DEADLINE

US/ICOMOS expects to support a number of internships overseas and within the United States in historic preservation during the course of 2015. This program provides unparalleled opportunities for preservationists early in their careers to gain hands-on experience in a country other than their own. The program is geared toward those nearing the end of graduate school or with 1-3 years of professional experience. Placements are made by matching the skills/experience of each applicant with the needs of each host organization.

Prospective Interns

Applications from prospective interns are due 31 January 2015. Application procedures can be found on the Intern section of the US/ICOMOS website.

Prospective Host Organisations

US/ICOMOS also seeks host organisations, such as non-profits, government agencies, and private firms, who are potentially interested in hosting a US/ICOMOS intern, whether in the United States or overseas. Information on hosting US/ICOMOS interns and a letter of interest form can be found on the Host section of the US/ICOMOS website.

2015 Program Schedule

The schedule for the 2015 program has not been finalised as yet. Usually, most internships take place during the summer months but some internships occur during the fall as well. US/ICOMOS is willing to work with host organizations to accommodate different schedules and durations of internships where necessary.

The program schedule for 2014 was as follows, and can be used as a guide to the likely schedule for 2015.

  • January 31: Applications due (this date applies to 2014)
  • March 1: Applicants notified of “shortlist” selection
  • April 1: Selected applicants notified of placement with sponsor
  • May 27 – May 30: Intern orientation
  • May 31: Interns travel to their host locations
  • June 2 – August 11: Internship with host organization
  • August 12-14: Summer Interns return to Washington, DC for final program and reception; Fall interns arrive for orientation
  • August 16: Summer Interns return home
  • After August 16: Fall interns travel to their host locations

Program Overview

Since the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program was created in 1984, more than 600 young preservation professionals and over 70 countries have participated. The aim of the program is to promote an understanding of international preservation policies, methods, and techniques and to enable interns to make professional contacts and form personal friendships that will ensure a continuing dialogue between countries.

The program began with a one-time exchange between US/ICOMOS and ICOMOS United Kingdom. It since has expanded to involve between 10 and 20 preservation professionals annually depending on the level of funding available. US/ICOMOS is always looking for preservation organizations both in the U.S. and abroad to host interns and participate in this exciting program of cultural exchange. The program is made possible through generous grants from many U.S. foundations, government agencies and individual contributors, and ICOMOS National Committees of participating.

For more information, click here or email Donald Jones, PhD, Director of Programs.


Applications must be made by nomination through Australia ICOMOS. Nominations will be confirmed by 15 January 2015. We regret the awkward timing of the call and US ICOMOS is aware of the problem.

Applicants must be financial members of Australia ICOMOS – please note that both Full and Associate members of Australia ICOMOS can apply to this program – and have adequate experience and the clear opportunity to travel in the middle of the year.

Applications should be emailed to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by COB Monday 8 December 2014.


9. Calling all Heritage Events for National Trust’s Heritage Festival 2015

For 35 years, The National Trust’s Heritage Festival has been showcasing some of Australia’s best heritage events across the country. These events take inspiration from our unique heritage and the stories and customs that have created our communities and shaped our towns and cities

The Heritage Festival is the longest running community festival in Australia, and we are now seeking registration by 12 December 2014 for the 2015 festival. The theme next year centres on Conflict and Compassion; anything from the ANZACs to Australia’s Indigenous past

This theme encourages us to embrace every corner of Australian culture that makes us the proud nation we are today. From endurance and positivity, to overcoming hardships as a country, the Heritage Festival will be a culmination of Australia’s history of mateship and fighting spirit.

One of this year’s events included a journey through the history of the first town west of the great divide, Bathurst. The city, with the help of the Bathurst Council, is depicting the rich history of the area, including walk-throughs of historical homes, exploration of natural wonders and events that paying tribute to the people who founded and shaped the city into the thriving community it is today.

“This year was such a great year for us and we’re looking to go one better next year, especially because it will be a milestone year for Australian history,” said National Trust’s Heritage Festival & Events Manager, Eloise Hairman. “We’d love to hear from as many people as possible in 2015 and we’ve set our target for participation really high in anticipation of a spectacular year. Being involved with the festival is really easy and those who have participated in previous years have found this celebration to be very rewarding.”

By registering your event on the Heritage Festival website by December 12, you have a great opportunity to drive heritage-seekers to your experience. The National Trust produces a free events listing guide which details the celebration around the nation, state by state and region by region. Why not join with us in supporting this great nation through Conflict and Compassion by participation in the 2015 National Trust Heritage Festival. The festival is made possible through the support of the Office of Environment & Heritage NSW and the Australian Government.

For more information visit the National Trust Heritage Festival website.


10. Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions – applications open

Applications for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, approved by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Programme, are opened until 20 January 2015.

This Master Course is organized by a Consortium of leading European Universities/Research Institutions in the field, composed by University of Minho (coordinating institution, Portugal), the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), the University of Padua (Italy) and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic). The course combines the most recent advances in research and development with practical applications.

A significant number of scholarships, ranging from 4,000 to 25,000 euro, are available to students of any nationality.

Please find full details on the MSc programme, as well as electronic application procedure, at the course website.


11. News from Sydney Living Museums

To read the latest news from the Sydney Living Museums, click here.


12. Dual award – a first for Deakin University and the world

Deakin University Australia, in partnership with Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany, is pleased to announce a new Dual Award Program in Cultural Heritage and World Heritage Studies.  

This initiative is the first reciprocal international dual award postgraduate program in the cultural heritage and museum studies discipline in Australia and Germany. Deakin is a leading, globally recognized university in cultural heritage education and research; the BTU program is designed around the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Thus the dual Masters degree program is a rare opportunity for new heritage and museum studies students.

The program provides qualified students with the opportunity to earn a Master of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University Australia and a Master of Arts in World Heritage from Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany, in two years of full-time study. The program is offered only in full-time enrolment mode.

‘The identification, conservation, interpretation and management of cultural heritage whether it’s in the form of objects and collections in museums, historic buildings, cultural landscapes or intangible cultural heritage such as dance are increasingly part of global networks of knowledge production, regulation and consumption,’ said Andrea Witcomb, Professor of Cultural Heritage at Deakin University.

Through the partnership arrangement, students from BTU complete two trimesters of study at Deakin and Deakin students complete a semester of study at BTU. Working as a collegial cohort, students from both universities will experience a distinctive mixed-mode of on-shore, on-line and international learning, in a multi-cultural environment. The final semester is dedicated to a research thesis, co-supervised by DU and BTU faculty.

The Deakin degree has a special focus on tangible and intangible heritage in the Asia Pacific region, while the BTU degree takes a global perspective on UNESCO’s approach to cultural and natural heritage, equipping graduates from the dual award program with the skills and knowledge to work in local and international contexts.

This exceptional program also serves as a PhD pathway for those students who wish to take their museum and cultural heritage studies further.

The program is fee neutral, meaning students only pay tuition fees to their home institution. There are no tuition fees charged to BTU students when they are in Australia and vice-versa for Deakin students when they are in Germany.

The first cohort of BTU students will arrive at Deakin in March 2015, and the first cohort of Deakin students will commence their BTU studies in September 2015.

For more information about the program, contact:

Dr Linda Young
Senior Lecturer, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus

Email Linda


13. Terra 2016: XIIth World Congress on Earthen Architectures, 11-14 July 2016, Lyon (France) – call for papers

Terra 2016 is the twelfth in a series of international events organised since 1972, bringing together academics, professionals and experts, and a broad audience gathering around earthen architectures. The congress is organised under the aegis of the ISCEAH Committee of ICOMOS international, in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme (WHEAP). The 2016 edition will focus mainly on issues dealing with sustainable development, particularly in urban areas. This event will gather more than 800 participants from the fields of heritage conservation, archeology, architecture and urban planning, engineering, social sciences, as well as fields related to local sustainable development and crisis intervention.


  1. Heritage inventories and studies
  2. Heritage conservation and management
  3. Local culture and development
  4. Research, experimentation, innovation
  5. New dynamics
  6. Knowledge transfer and capacity building


  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 February 2015
  • Deadline for submission of papers: 10 October 2015
  • Deadline to benefit from reduced rates: 10 March 2016
  • Deadline for registration of authors (communications / posters): 10 June 2016

For further information, visit the congress website.


14. New publication – World Heritage, Urban Design and Tourism

World Heritage, Urban Design and Tourism: Three Cities in the Middle East
Luna Khirfan, Ashgate, 2014

This book offers an interdisciplinary approach to the key relationships between heritage conservation, city space design, and tourism development in historic cities, linking theory and practice in a unique way. The book offers an investigation of three Middle Eastern historic cities, Aleppo, Acre and Salt, all of which face significant challenges of heritage conservation, adaptation to contemporary needs, and tourism development. It presents practical scenarios for the conservation and design of historic urban spaces and the development of sustainable tourism, from the perspective of planners, local communities and international tourists.

The author offers a comparative approach which transcends political strife and provides valuable lessons for the other cities inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, especially those in developing countries.

Feel free to use the 50% discount code in the World Heritage, Urban Design and Tourism flyer.


15. 2nd International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: People and Communities, Spain, April-May 2015 – abstract deadline extended

2nd International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: People and Communities
29 April – 2 May 2015
Menorca, Spain

The deadline for submission of abstract proposals for the 2nd International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: People and Communities has been extended to 30 November 2014

The event will be a meeting point for professionals and experts having the possibility to discuss issues related to World Heritage and its relation with people and communities.

You can find more detailed information at the conference website.

A crowdfunding platform to support the attendance of people from developing countries with fellowships for the trip has been established. Visit the crowdfunding webpage for more information.


16. Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin available

To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin, click on the following link.


17. SITUATION VACANT Manager, Finance and Administration, ICCROM, Rome

Manager, Finance and Administration
Grade Level: P-4

ICCROM (the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) intends to appoint a Manager, Finance and Administration, who will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of ICCROM as they relate to finance, administration and human resources. This is a key management position, reporting to the Director-General.

For more information about this role, click here.

Final date for receipt of applications is 5 January 2015.


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