Aerial view of Canberra

Rachel Jackson awarded Getty Scholarship

GML Heritage Principal Rachel Jackson has been awarded a coveted Getty Conservation Institute Scholarship.

Congratulations to GML Heritage Principal Rachel Jackson who has been awarded a Conservation Institute Scholarship from The Getty Foundation.

The Conservation Guest Scholars Program provides an opportunity for professionals to pursue research on topics that bring new knowledge and fresh perspectives to the field of conservation.

Rachel will take up residency at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles for a three-month period in April 2023 to undertake her research project, “A Comparative Analysis Framework and Canberra, a Model Case Study for 20th Century Planned Cities of World Heritage Significance”.

Rachel’s project will develop a comparative analysis framework for internationally significant, planned 20th century cities and apply the framework to Australia’s capital, Canberra, as an exemplary model case study.

Canberra is the home of one of the world’s oldest modern democracies. It is also one of the world’s few national capital cities that was completely designed and built in the 20th century, following modernist ideals.

It is surprising that a comprehensive comparative analysis of Canberra with other internationally significant national capital cities is absent, which has led Rachel to doing this important research.

This project will draw attention to the movement for the creation of planned 20th century cities that have responded to, and shaped, democracies around the world. It would encourage sharing visions for cities designed in the past – namely their foundational ideals, planning principles and design characteristics, which have qualities we cannot afford to lose in the twenty-first century.