Mr Peter Barrett


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Peter Barrett is a tutor in architectural history. He is currently tutoring in Australian Architecture in the School of Architecture& Design, and has previously worked as the program manager of the Accelerated Program in the School of Design & Social Context and tutored in architectural history and other subjects in the school. He works in his field as a heritage consultant and architectural historian owning and managing the firm Peter Andrew Barrett Architectural Conservation Consultants. Peter has worked on a variety of academic and professional heritage projects in Australia and the United States of America.

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M. Arch. History & Conservation (University of Melbourne)

Grad Dip. Planning & Design (University of Melbourne)

Assoc. Dip. Architectural Technology (RMIT)

Certificate IV in work place training (RMIT)

Professional interests

Member of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)

Member of the Australian Architecture Association

Society of Architectural Historians

Heritage Victoria Directory of Heritage Professionals

Research and scholarship

Research interests include architectural links between Australia and the United States, focusing on the Pacific rim. Other architectural historical links between Pacific rim nations and Australia and the United States. Masters thesis Building through the Golden Gate was a written work on this research.

Other research interests include architecture of the United States, particularly commercial architecture of the late nineteenth century and twentieth century, traditional Japanese and Pre/Post Columbian Central American architecture.

Recent published articles and events include:

  • Coast to Coast (to be published in 2009) chapter relating to the exchange of architectural knowledge across the Pacific in the nineteenth and early twentieth century (in association with Prue Ahrens of the University of Queensland).
  • The Impermanent City exhibition (2008) at the City Musuem, Melbourne.
  • Her Majesty’s Collingwood Stockade article in Provenance the journal of the Public Records Office Victoria (2007).
  • ReBuilt Environment. Imitating Melbourne Architecture exhibition (2006) at the City Museum Melbourne.
  • Melbourne Design Guide (2006) chapter titled For Your Reference


Architectural Historian

Heritage Consultant

Tutor at RMIT and the University of Melbourne.

Guest lecturer at RMIT, University of Melbourne and lecturer at CAE

Guest curator at City Museum Melbourne (2008)

Expert Witness on Architectural History and Conservation matters at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) and other courts.

Principal of the heritage firm Peter Andrew Barrett Architectural Conservation Consultants

Balboa Park Heritage Identification Study, San Francisco (2008)

George Hotel, St Kilda Conservation Management Plan (2008)

National Theatre, St Kilda Conservation Management Plan (2008)

Bank of America Conservation Project, Los Angeles (2007)

Prahran Town Hall Conservation Management Plan (2006)

Little Tokyo Cultural Resources Heritage Study, Los Angeles (2003)

Austrade Export Market Development Grant (2004)

University of Melbourne Overseas Field Study Grant (2000)

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