Alan Croker, founding director of Design 5 – Architects in Sydney, has more than 35 years experience in conservation and new work on a broad range of projects. He has designed new buildings for culturally diverse groups and sensitive contexts, but is most well known for his conservation expertise, his firm having won numerous awards for projects in this field, including four Greenway Awards (NSW), two Lachlan Macquarie Awards (National) and two Unesco Asia Pacific Heritage Awards.
Alan has considerable experience in the analysis, assessment, conservation, repair and adaptation of significant structures, and has a thorough understanding of traditional building technology. He has a passion for joinery and has co-authored an award-winning book on the subject entitled Traditional Joinery, Sydney Houses 1810-1915.
With every project, Alan aims to find solutions that respect and respond to the place’s cultural and physical context, setting and significant attributes, celebrating and strengthening it to ensure a viable and sustainable future.
Alan provides specialist architectural and conservation advice on an ongoing basis for a number of sites, including Sydney Opera House where he has been the appointed heritage/conservation architect since 2003, providing specialist advice on most projects.
He authored the 4th edition of the Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Sydney Opera House, the most challenging conservation management document he has been involved with to date.
He has authored many award winning conservation management plans for culturally diverse and sensitive sites including:
Respecting the Vision – Sydney Opera House Conservation Management Plan 4th edition 2017
Unlocking the Past to Free the Future – Kinchela Boys Home, 2017 (co-author assisting the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation)
White Bay Power Station (former) – Conservation Management Plan 2004, revised 2011 and 2013
Relevant conservation and adaptive re-use projects include:
Jones Bay Wharf and the former REVY naval buildings on Sydney Harbour;
Exeter Farm, Glenwood
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart – Stage 1 conservation and redevelopment
Westpac Long Gallery, Australian Museum, Sydney
conservation and adaptive re-use of existing buildings, Parliament Square project site, Hobart.
New buildings / projects include:
Caretaker’s Residence and temporary Visitors’ Centre within the Rouse Hill Estate museum
Pilliga Forest Heritage Centre, Baradine, NSW, for PF Aboriginal Manag’t C’ttee (unbuilt)
Community Cultural Centre for the Vedanta Centre, Ermington, Sydney
Meditation Hall for Swami Vivekananda College, Mololo, Fiji.
Alan was a member of the NSW Heritage Council from 1999 to 2001, an advisor to the Council’s Aboriginal Heritage Advisory Panel 2000-2002, and is a member of the Council’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) reference group.
He is an active member of Australia ICOMOS, having been on the executive for two six year terms, and a member of various committees including a working group reviewing the Burra Charter and drafting new Practice Notes to accompany it.
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