Speaker Series


We gathered together influential architects, landscape architects, designers, planners and professionals in conversation to explore the important ideas that shape our city. Through a series of talks, hosted in the lead up to the Brisbane Open House weekend, representatives from these key professions explored, with audiences, the ideas and opportunities that influence the shape and experience of our city and its buildings. 

Valuing Heritage Talk



About the Event:

As our city continues to expand and develop how do we protect our existing heritage? A panel of three speakers discussed issues around conservation, why we need to value our heritage places in Brisbane, and the potential rewards. The evening included an insight into the Queensland Heritage Register process, aimed at empowering the community through action and awareness. Speakers included:

  • Robert Riddel, (Principal at Conrad Gargett, a member of Brisbane City Council’s Independent Design Advisory Panel, the AIA National Heritage Taskforce and is a former Queensland Heritage Council Member)
  • Richard Kirk (Director at Kirk, National President Elect, Australian Institute of Architects)
  • Janina Gosseye (Editor of Hot Modernism: Queensland Architecture 1945 - 1975 (with John Macarthur, Deborah van der Plaat, Andrew Wilson), and Research Fellow with both the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, and The Faculty of Architecture at TUDelft, The Netherlands.)
  • Sean O'Keeffe (Principal Heritage Officer, Dept. Environment and Heritage Protection)

The 'Valuing Heritage' talk and workshop were a partnership between Brisbane Open House, the Australian Institute of Architects, and EmAGN QLD (Emerging Architects & Graduates Network).