Good Design and Heritage

The Heritage Council of Victoria and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect hosted an exciting panel discussion on good design and heritage for Melbourne Design Week.

The audience heard from a learned panel that good design married with existing heritage can result in design effects that have profound impacts on cities and communities.

Emma Telfer from Open House Melbourne chaired the discussion with the panel that included leading heritage and architectural experts including Stuart MacIntyre, Jill Garner, Philip Goad and Peter Lovell.

Melbourne, Victorian, national and international examples were debated including the Brunswick Mechanics institute, the Shrine of Rememberance, the Melbourne University boat club and Sydney’s old Kent brewery site.


The event was held as part of Melbourne Design Week 2018, an initiative by Creative Victoria in partnership with NGV. In 2018 Melbourne Design Week looked at the theme Design Effects and delved into the wide reaching nature of design in its broadest sense. From the physical to the creation of experiences, services and identities, it asked: What effect does design have on the environment around us? How is design a catalyst for change?