David Logan, Partner at GML Heritage
David Logan Awarded Honorary Membership, Australia ICOMOS

David Logan Awarded Honorary Membership, Australia ICOMOS

Warmest congratulations to GML founding Partner and Director, David Logan, who has become the 10th Honorary Member of Australia ICOMOS.

This rare lifetime honour was announced at the ICOMOS AGM last night, recognizing David’s significant contribution to ICOMOS within Australia and internationally in a career spanning over 40 years.

David joined GML Heritage in 1995, expanding the company’s services to include architecture and urban planning.  His focus has continued to be achieving a balance between new development and contemporary design with the conservation of the historic built environment.

From 2008 to 2011 David was the Managing Partner of GML Heritage and has been a Partner and Director since then.
David became a member of Australia ICOMOS in the early 1980s.
David served on the Australia ICOMOS National Executive Committee from 1993 to 1999 and was elected Vice President in 1997 and again in 1998. During that time, David coordinated the Australia ICOMOS Cultural Heritage Places Policy document and was a member of the Burra Charter working group which drafted revisions to the Charter.

David has been a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Historic Cities, Towns and Villages (CIVVIH) since 2009 and has served as Vice-President of this Committee since 2017. He was instrumental in establishing the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of CIVVIH in 2018, an express purpose being to promote the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach in the region. He was appointed by ICOMOS to assist the newly-established HUL Focal Point Group in 2018.


David has made an extraordinary contribution to the development of the heritage industry.

David has undertaken World Heritage monitoring (State of Conservation) missions on behalf of ICOMOS and has also undertaken several World Monuments Fund desktop reviews on behalf of ICOMOS. Locally, David has contributed to several Australia ICOMOS working groups and to many advocacy submissions made by Australia ICOMOS. He has served as the Australian voting member on CIVVIH since 2009.

With an Honours in architecture and a Master’s degree in heritage conservation, David worked in the Heritage Branch of the Department of Planning as an advisor to the NSW Heritage Council. During that time he established the Heritage Council’s Fire Advisory Panel, later known as FASAP and now the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), which incidentally he now Chairs. From 1988 to 1992, he worked with the Sydney Cove Authority (now Place Management NSW), where he directed the conservation program in The Rocks area of Sydney. He served on the Architectural Advisory Committee, National Trust of Australia (NSW) and from 1992 to 1995, David was Head of the City of Sydney’s Development Assessment Unit.

Throughout his long career, David has generously shared his knowledge of historic buildings,  heritage conservation and town planning, with multiple presentations at universities and at Australia ICOMOS events.

He is a renowned teacher and mentor within Australia and internationally. On behalf of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) he is currently teaching urban conservation management for mid-career professionals from ASEAN countries.

A lifetime of work.

David specializes in providing advice on urban conservation area assessments, preparation of DCPs, heritage-related master planning and design projects, heritage impact assessment and heritage training. He has led teams on urban conservation area studies for local government, prepared DCPs and been involved in an array of major development and urban renewal projects across Australia. He was the heritage team leader on the adaptive reuse of the former Prince Henry Hospital and the former Lidcombe Hospital, the former establishing a groundbreaking three-stage methodology—including Specific Elements Conservation Policies (SECPs)—that have become the model for conservation management planning at complex brownfield sites.

He has contributed to the planning domain through his presentations, publications, training workshops, advocacy, and consulting projects.

In a career committed to responsible heritage outcomes he has undertaken thousands of heritage consulting projects throughout Sydney and across NSW, Australia and overseas.  In the process he has led, guided and mentored hundreds of staff, colleagues and students.

His lifetime of work has been at the forefront of heritage conservation.  He has never been one to seek the limelight. He is a ‘quiet achiever’ whose intellectual generosity has enriched the heritage profession and many people he has worked with along the way.