ACT Region Heritage Symposium


Date: Saturday 18 August 2018

Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: RN Robertson Building (46) Science Road ANU 2601

Cost: $75 full registration; $55 members host organisations; $35 concessions, fulltime students, speakers


Sub-themes: Vital and Vulnerable: Threats to the Modern Urban Landscape;  Continuity with Change: Sustaining Canberra’s Modern heritage; Hidden Yet Found: Revealing Invisible Modern Heritage

The symposium will focus on Canberra’s Modern/Modernist architecture and planning, widely employed in the city in the mid-20th century, in quality of international standing. 

Many of the key ideals of the era are no longer implemented in new design as Canberra rapidly changes, focussing on innovation, big development and high rise living. While change is inevitable, we need to question how are we adapting to ensure these unique apects of our shared heritage are identified and conserved and how we can protect the connection with our past, and the continuity of our sense of place. Let’s take a look at Canberra’s modern urban landscape, its centrality to the identity of Canberra, and of course its vulnerability. Let’s question how we can take into account the significance of these places in the midst of development and change and how the community can engage in the discussion. 

Come along to check out the amazing architecture and interiors of the R.N Robertson Building at ANU - originally designed as the Research School of Biological Sciences by Hely and Horne with Macdonald Eggleston and Secomb in 1972, the space was recently refurbished by CCJ Architects (who won an award for this project from the Australian Institute of Architects).

Call for Papers: We are seeking papers from a diverse range of viewpoints: architects, heritage practitioners, developers, planners, archaeologists, community advocates. We also welcome papers from students and emerging professionals on heritage and change more generally. To propose a paper, please submit an abstract to the National Trust (ACT) care of Liz McMillan by 6 JULY 2018.

Canberra Modern is proud to be a supporter of the 2018 symposium. At Canberra Modern we are committed to building awareness and understanding of Canberra’s unique modernist heritage places and spaces and encouraging conservation through participation. 

Stay tuned to Canberra Modern’s Website, Facebook and Instagram pages for event updates and speaker profiles. 

Convening Partners


The Mid Century project at the national library of australia

Join Canberra Modern in supporting this fab event!


Following a sell out season as part of Melbourne Design Week and the London Festival of Architecture, Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst invite you to join them for The Mid Century Project at the National Library of Australia. For the past five years they have been skillfully blending storytelling, music and design in a mold breaking format and are thrilled to perform at the National Library as part of the building’s 50 year celebrations.

Tickets include a night time viewing of the Library’s exhibition 1968: Changing Times covering the momentous year the National Library was opened, a mid century inspired film installation and the latest version of Tim Ross’s hit show Man About The House performed with musician Kit Warhurst