Lecture 6

lecture title

Heritage-Led Regeneration

delivered by

Geoff Rich, Managing Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios


An analysis of the most recent projections by UN Habitat reveals that the number of urban dwellers in the Commonwealth is predicted to increase by over 1bn people by 2050, that’s nearly 50% of the total projected increase in the World’s urban population in the next 30 years. Estimates suggest that this is going to result in around 90 billion sqm of additional floorspace in Africa alone by 2060 and managing this growth sustainably is vital not only for the citizens of the Commonwealth but for the entire world.

The growth in cities presents us with a challenge to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past and the need to ensure that we build in a more sustainable manner. Perhaps one of the most effective ways of achieving sustainable urbanisation is to make better use of our existing assets and what better way to do this than through the adaptive re-use of our existing building stock. In this lecture, therefore, we consider some of the principles underpinning ‘Heritage-Led Regeneration’.

Drawing on the experiences gained from a recently completed project Myanmar, Geoff Rich, Managing Partner at FCB Studios, will demonstrate how the creative re-use of heritage buildings, can be used as a means of generating economic value, creating employment and preserving traditional skills while reinforcing cultural identity and a sense of place.

This lecture was first broadcast on the 6th August 2020 and was watched by over 294 participants from over 41 countries. The live recording of this lecture is available to watch here, the pre-recorded version is available at the top of this webpage. The event was chaired by Alice Preston-Jones, Commonwealth Projects Coordinator, and Geoff Rich was joined by Harry Wardill, former Director of Turquoise Mountain in Myanmar. Upon conclusion of the lecture, Geoff and Harry were joined by Daw Moe Moe Lwin, Director, Yangon Heritage Trust, following which Philip Davies, Chair of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum, gave a short overview of the work of the Forum.

key concepts

Cultural Value, Adaptive Reuse, Flexibility, Adaptability, Regeneration 

relevant SDGs

SDG4, SDG5, SDG8, SDG9, SDG11, SDG12, SDG17

links to further information

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Turquoise Mountain
Yangon Heritage Trust
Commonwealth Heritage Forum

additional resources

Live lecture, first broadcast 06 August 2020, available here.
A copy of the presentation can be found here.
A copy of the lecture notes can be found here.