Speaker Series


Brisbane Open House invites you to join architects, designers, planners and professionals in conversation. The 2017 Speakers Series will explore what influences the shape, experiences and growth of our city and its buildings.


BOOKED OUT // The Great Debate - Heritage is an obstacle to progression

Date: BOOKED OUT // Thursday 28 September // 6.15pm arrival for 6.30pm start

Location: Brickworks Design Studio Tenancy 6&7, James St Centro 27 James Street, Fortitude Valley

About the Event:


With the increasing congestion of living within Brisbane’s middle-ring suburbs, older buildings in these areas are being bulldozed to make way for high-rise developments which yield high returns and provide a practical solution to urgent housing needs.

Historic buildings help foster our sense of national identity, link us to the stories of our past and ultimately form the personality of our streets and suburbs.

These are confusing times in the business of protecting Brisbane’s architectural heritage. To preserve and honor or to cast into oblivion to pave way for progress?

In true debating style, six leading architects, designers, planners and business leaders will pitch their arguments, for and against this controversial topic.

Complimentary drink on arrival.

This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Brickworks and Bacchus Wine Merchant.


Rebecca Moore, Conrad Gargett

David Cowan, Hassell Studio

Malcolm Elliott, VAULT Heritage Consulting

Peter Richards, Deicke Richards 

Stewart Armstrong, Urbis

Luke Pendergast, Conrad Gargett


Jim Gall, Gall Architects


Malcolm Middleton OAM LFRAIA, Queensland Government Architect & Chair Brisbane Open House

Free event.

‚ÄčImage credit: Toby Scott