About Canberra Modern

What's so special about Canberra?

Courtesy of Darren Bradley @modarchitecture

 Canberra is a young city with a rich architectural legacy. With major boom periods in the 1920s and again from the 1950s-1980s – the architectural aesthetic of the city is eclectic, but deliberately cohesive.  

The mid-late twentieth century period of development in Canberra, specifically during the National Capital Development Commission’s (NCDC) oversight (1958-1989) has not been widely celebrated or recognised by the Canberra community.

Major developments not only in residential, but civic and community buildings saw the frequent involvement of architects now considered pioneers of the modernist movement, and the construction of a key collection of iconic and unique mid-century buildings in Australia.  

Many of these structures, which make an irreplaceable contribution to Canberra, have already been lost and many face risk of being lost in the near future.  

So we at Canberra Modern are here to help by engaging Canberra and Australia with their contemporary National Capital. 

Who are Canberra Modern?


Canberra Modern is a passionate team of heritage and design practitioners who have a genuine love for the city in which they live. 

Edwina Jans is an archaeologist, museums and cultural heritage expert who is Head of Heritage, Communications and Development at  Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Edwina specialises in education, communication and innovative engagement for heritage places. Edwina is a member of the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee and the ACT Heritage Council.

Amy Jarvis is a heritage management and interpretation specialist who works as the Heritage Advisor at the Australian National University. Amy was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018/9 to investigate advocacy and engagement models around mid-century architecture in the USA. Amy is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter Heritage Committee. 

Rachel Jackson is an interior designer and heritage management expert who is Principal at GML Heritage. Rachel is a specialist in cultural landscape assessment and in heritage and sustainability. Rachel is a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committees for Cultural Landscapes and Energy and Sustainability and the ACT Heritage Council.