The Canterbury Heritage Awards is proud to partner with The Warren Trust to deliver thought provoking and educational lectures from architects Jim Gard’ner and Richard McGowan.
2018 Canterbury Heritage Awards Lecture Series
Date: June 14th 2018
Venue: Gloucester Room, Isaac Theatre Royal
Proudly sponsored by: The Warren Trust
Jim Gard’ner is a conservation architect and heritage consultant with more than 20 years’ experience across the private, government and community sectors. Currently based in Boston, Massachusetts Jim has worked on heritage places of local, state, national and World Heritage significance across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Jim has served in senior roles at the English Heritage, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and Heritage Victoria and is a founding director of Melbourne based heritage consultants GJM Heritage.
Jim will be focussing on the theme of authenticity and the ‘Disneyfication’ of heritage in the US. Entitled ‘Fake Heritage’, it challenges Modernist architecture and New Urbanism equally and explores how America has regressed in its architectural thinking to Disneyland, Las Vegas and the ‘McMansion’. Demonstrated through changes in public taste from the mid 18th century to early 21st century he argues that mass domestic architecture post 1960/70s has increasingly taken on historicist forms paralleling the loss of cultural confidence in the US and a nostalgia for the past – in particular the mythical American town.
Architect Richard McGowan has been a Principal with Warren and Mahoney since 2003. He grew up in Christchurch and attended the School of Architecture in Auckland. Returning to Christchurch in the late 1990s he worked on the then new stadium at Lancaster Park. Over the years Richard has been involved in many Canterbury projects and post-quake has had particular involvement in heritage repair and restoration. During 2011 Richard produced Warren and Mahoney’s “10×10 Ten Thoughts for Christchurch” publication in response to the Christchurch earthquakes. He was closely involved in the restoration, repair and rebuild of the Christchurch City Council Group 1 and Heritage NZ Category 1 listed Isaac Theatre Royal and Christchurch Club both of which, along with the R J S tewart house, Glandovey Road, will be the focus for his lecture as part of the 2018 Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust lecture evening.