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BCCT/AustCham P&I Evening Presentation (Yangon's Unique Heritage)

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Date & Time: 27-May-2015 18:30  
Location: Social Room 1, 7th floor, Sofitel So Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn (MRT: Lumpinee station exit 2)
Member Cost: THB 850.00
Non-member Cost: THB 1,100.00

Date: Wednesday 27th May 2015

Time: 6.30 - 8.30 pm

Venue: Social Room 1, 7th floor, Sofitel So Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn (MRT: Lumpinee station exit 2)

Topic: Yangon’s Unique Heritage – The mission and vision of the Yangon Heritage Trust and the role of heritage in the sustainable development of Yangon.

Guest speaker: David Gole, Senior Heritage Architect, Yangon Heritage Trust and Principal at Conrad Gargett Architects (Australia)

Cost: THB 850 per person for BCCT/AustCham members & THB 1,100 for non-members including cocktail food, soft drinks, beer and wine.

Cancellation policy: Reservations not cancelled within 2 business days of the event will be charged and invoiced as will no-shows.

Event Overview:
The city of Yangon is unique in Asia having a large and still relatively intact precinct of heritage buildings (from British colonial to postwar periods) providing a rich urban and cultural landscape. With the city undergoing rapid development and change there are many pressures on this precinct. The Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) was founded by U Thant Myint U in 2012 in response to the rapid development and dramatic change that resulted in the demolition of hundreds of heritage buildings and unregulated development adjoining important heritage and cultural places. The YHT advocates for the proper conservation (and viable reuse) of Yangon’s unique urban cultural heritage from all periods. This cultural heritage includes precincts, buildings, streetscapes, urban spaces and the intangible living heritage of people. The trust advocates for the protection, conservation and reuse (sustainable and economically viable) of Yangon’s heritage assets and for the culture of Yangon to be retained and enhanced throughout the development process. The work of the Trust with a range of partners in pursuing these goals will be outlined.

About the speaker:
David Gole has worked as a Heritage Architect in Australia, China, USA, England and Papua New Guinea supporting the conservation and reuse of a wide variety of buildings and sites. He is a Principal of Conrad Gargett Architects in Australia, a practice with 125 years of experience with offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville. He holds a bachelor of Architecture degree and an Arts Degree with a history major. He received a Churchill Fellowship in 2000 to study building conservation practices in Italy and the UK and has participated in a number of training programs with ICCROM.
His background in Myanmar began in 2013 as a facilitator delivering a 6 week training programme in Heritage Conservation for 13 Myanmar Architects, Planners including Academics from Yangon and Mandalay Universities. This program was delivered both in Australia and Yangon with the University of Queensland Culture and Heritage Unit in association with Conrad Gargett Architects. The training program included a focus on the adaptive reuse of the significant Ghandi Hall building in downtown Yangon which at the time was under threat of demolition.
David’s role in YHT is senior Heritage Architect supporting the YHT team on the conservation and adaptive reuse of Yangon’s heritage assets including buildings and streetscapes.

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