Emma McGirr
Heritage Consultant


Emma McGirr, GML Heritage Consultant, is a heritage specialist with a background in historical, curatorial and cultural studies as well as experience in urban planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of NSW.

Emma has worked with specialist planning consultancies and a diverse range of clients in the property industry. She is well versed in coordinating multidisciplinary project teams and preparing large-scale submissions to approval authorities. Emma is skilled at managing complex projects in high pressure environments and has undertaken key groundwork on a number of highly significant sites for both the public and private sectors.

Emma is building expertise in the areas of ‘hands-on’ conservation and analysis of historic buildings, landscapes and precincts. Since joining GML, Emma has honed her skills to assist in the production of heritage impact statements, heritage assessments and conservation management plans, as well as curtilage studies and interpretation plans.

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I’m interested in the synergies that exist between heritage, place making and the creative arts. Good heritage planning and management ensures significant places form a source of continuing inspiration for artists, makers and community builders.


Master of Urban Planning, University of NSW

Bachelor of Arts (Art History), University of Sydney


Australia ICOMOS (Young Professional)

National Trust of Australia

Sydney Living Museums

Royal Botanic Gardens, Volunteer Visitor Experience Officer

Australian Garden History Society