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2017 Jim Kerr Address, 18 April: Heritage–Inheritance ‘Contemporary Relevance and Continuity’

Join Australia ICOMOS, in association with the Sydney Opera House and the Heritage Council of NSW, for the 2017 Jim Kerr Address on Tuesday 18 April.

The Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2016. (Source: Ashley Spearman, Flickr, )

The Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2016. (Source: Ashley Spearman, Flickr, <>)

Award-winning architect and exhibition designer Richard Johnson AO MBE will deliver this year’s talk, titled ‘Heritage–Inheritance: “Contemporary Relevance and Continuity”’. It will explore the continued value and contemporary relevance of that which we have inherited from the past, as an expression of our living culture.

Richard Johnson AO MBE is a recipient of the AIA Gold Medal in Architecture and was recently appointed Honorary Professor of Architectural Practice at UNSW. Throughout his national and international practice his work has involved sensitive design solutions in architecture, and urban and exhibition design.

Held each year since 2015, the annual address pays tribute to the late James Semple ‘Jim’ Kerr AM (1932–2014), a pioneering Australian heritage practitioner, architectural historian and author of The Conservation Plan, a seminal industry text used worldwide. (Read GML Special Adviser Professor Richard Mackay AM’s obituary of Jim Kerr to learn more about his career.) The Jim Kerr Address aims to honour its namesake’s legacy of open inquiry and ongoing appraisal of progress in understanding place, and conservation practice and philosophy.

Dr Tracy Ireland, Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage at the University of Canberra and former GMLer, will moderate the address. An optional tour of the Sydney Opera House will be held beforehand.

Bookings are now open.

Date: Tuesday 18 April 2017
Venue: Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Event Program:
3.30–5.30pm      Optional tour of Sydney Opera House
5.30pm                Arrival and networking session
6.00–7.30pm      Jim Kerr Address
Cost: Australia ICOMOS members $25, non-members $30, full-time students $20