ICOMOS Talk: Heritage Resilience at the San Antonio Missions

On behalf of ICOMOS, GML is pleased to host William Dupont, Director for the Centre of Cultural Sustainability and Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas.

Professor Dupont will present about heritage resilience at the World Heritage Listed San Antonio Missions in Texas, USA. He will share real life examples about how the Missions are enhancing resilience in the face of natural and human made vulnerabilities. The increased resilience of both tangible buildings and their intangible values will be discussed, but intangible heritage will be a focus because it is more difficult to protect due to the nature of laws and regulations largely based on property ownership. The central question will concern how a heritage professional can work to sustain the intangible from being marginalized, lost or erased due to low capacity for resilience. Prof Dupont will explain his work on cultural sustainability and seek responses from the audience to further a global conversation.

About William Dupont

William Dupont is a Professor of Architecture at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he leads the Center for Cultural Sustainability in research projects on the heritage of people as a core element of a sustainable future. Also, Professor Dupont teaches architectural design studios and graduate seminars in historic preservation. Current research projects include writing a best practices manual for care of the San Antonio Missions and working on a Sacred Places Heritage Network for disaster resilience in the Texas Gulf Coast region. He has led a U.S. technical team supporting Cuban preservation efforts at Museo Ernest Hemingway since 2005, recently completing a new preservation lab for care of the many Hemingway documents and artefacts in Havana. Before becoming a professor in San Antonio, he was Chief Architect at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC.

How to Attend

When: 5.30 for 6.00pm start, Tuesday 26 November

Where: GML Heritage, Level 6, 372 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

RSVP: 22 November, bookings essential as places are limited. Book your place here.

Cost: Students, $10, Members, $15, non-Members, $20

Queries: thubbul@bigpond.com