What is a heritage sensitive architect and when should I use one?

A heritage sensitive architect is a professional architect who has gained expertise through practical experience and/or specialised professional training. They should be aware of the requirements of the National Heritage Resources Act and familiar with contemporary and emerging conservation practice.

For basic section 34 applications (for a building that is over 60 years old) where there is some, but limited, heritage value any sensitive architect should be suitably qualified.

Where the building is of greater heritage value I would definitely use a heritage sensitive architect or the combination of an architect and heritage consultant.

For anything more complex than this, for example a Heritage Impact Assessment, a heritage architect / architect and heritage consultant is probably needed. The heritage authorities would probably insist on this.

Brendan Hart