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Professor John Stephens

John is retired from Curtin University but still teaches and researches in the School of Built Environment as an adjunct. His area of expertise and study includes architectural history, cultural heritage, community, identity, memory and commemoration.  

He has a particular interest in community projects, war memory and memorials and has published academic papers and books relating to the meanings of heritage places and memorialisation.

John has been involved in many conservation plans and heritage reports and supervises postgraduate students studying heritage topics. 

Originally a practicing architect, John is a member of the Australia Asia Pacific Institute at Curtin University and an active volunteer in State heritage matters. He is a Councillor of the National Trust and member of ICOMOS. 

John’s current projects include working with ‘Bringing Them Home WA’ and Aboriginal people to regenerate former Native Mission sites as healing places for Stolen Generation people.

John also works with the communities of Indian villages in Uttar Pradesh to improve sustainability and living conditions.

Qualifications and background

  • Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours), Curtin University of Technology
  • Ph.D., University of Western Australia
  • Professor, School of the Built Environment, Curtin University
  • International Program Manager Architecture (Hong Kong), Curtin University, 2003 to date
  • Head of the Department of Architecture, Curtin University of Technology, 1995 - 2002
  • Soldier,Clerk, Draftsman and Architect, 1970 – 1995
  • Councillor of the National Trust of Australia (WA)
  • Heritage Committee of the Australian Institute of Architects
  • Member of ICOMOS
  • Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia
  • Member of the Returned and Services League (WA)
  • Member of the Army Museum of WA Foundation
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