Matt Devine is a registered architect with a passion for architecture, design, community, history and travel. He studied architecture and heritage conservation at the University of Sydney and has worked across a wide spectrum of the architecture and heritage conservation industries in Sydney, Australia. As a result, Matt has a broad understanding of Australian architecture and architectural history, and especially the past, current and future development of Sydney. He was part of the curatorial team for a 2016 exhibition at the State Library of NSW titled Imagine a City: 200 years of Public Architecture in NSW focussing on the 200 year history of the NSW Government Architect’s Office (now known as the Office of the Government Architect). He also teaches in heritage conservation and architectural history at the University of Sydney and is an occasional tour guide with Context Travel.
Over the past 20 years, Matt Devine has been involved in architectural and conservation projects, working in small – medium size commercial architectural practices, as well as the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and the Australian Institute of Architects. Most recently, he was employed as an architect and heritage specialist within the NSW Government Architect’s Office. Recent projects have involved the conservation of, alterations and additions to, and management of heritage buildings and landscapes across NSW.
Since 2017, he has established a private consultancy focusing on architecture, heritage conservation, design and culture.
Key areas of expertise include:
- project co-ordination and management
- architectural design and documentation
- strategic thinking and collaboration
- key stakeholder engagement
- exhibition content development
- condition assessment, including historic stonework
- heritage planning, legislation and controls, policy and management
- development assessment
- investigation and recording of historic buildings and landscapes
- heritage colour schemes and interpretation
- historic research
- interpersonal skills
- cultural tourism.