NSW Architects Registration Board, Registration No. 4079
Bachelor of Science, University of NSW, 1972
Bachelor of Architecture (Honours 1), University of NSW, 1974
Registered Architect (NSW)
Registered Builder (Building Services Corporation)
Qualified Supervisors Certificate
Australian Institute of Architects
Association of Consulting Architects of Australia
Otto Cserhalmi is a conservation specialist architect combining historical research, building fabric restoration, adaptive reuse and conservation and management of culturally significant places. He has been in practice for over 25 years and managing director of OCP Architects PL since 1982.
Recent projects include Spectacle Island, residences at HMAS Watsons Bay, easy access to St James Station, Central Station, Newcastle Station Concept Study, Hotel Mansions Adaptive Reuse and stone conservation at the Great Hall & MacLaurin Hall at Sydney University, as well as expert heritage advice and guidance for adaptive reuse of Walsh Bay and Jones Bay wharves. An important aspect of the practice has been the establishment of skilled professional consultant teams and partnering with other skilled firms. Some of the successful collaborative projects have been St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney Central Station, Eveleigh Technology Park, Lands Department and observatory Hill asset management plan (undertaken with public works heritage group).
Otto is also an independent heritage advisor to Penrith City Council.
Senior Conservation Expert + Architect
Bachelor of Science (Architecture), University of Sydney, 1993
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Sydney, 1996
Registered Architect (NSW)
Karen Urquhart is a conservation specialist architect with experience in implementing heritage conservation projects from their inception to completion, including historical research, adaptive reuse, conservation documentation and management of culturally significant places. Her high level research and writing skills have been applied in the preparation of numerous heritage assessments, heritage impact statements and conservation management plans.
As a consultant to the NSW Heritage Office, Karen has experience reviewing conservation management plans for endorsement, preparing reports and making recommendations to the Heritage Council of NSW.
Csilla Cserhalmi is a passionate, creative, and motivated architectural designer with a commitment to achieving a high level of excellence through a range of relevant skills. As a designer, her interest lies not only in the execution of a project, but in the conceptualisation and development of the project.
Csilla has particular interest and qualifications in interior architecture. She is involved in graphic design and multimedia presentations, with a focus on historic interpretation strategies and signage.
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney, 1976
Geoffrey Stennett has extensive experience in a wide range of architectural building types, from commercial offices, education and institutional developments, industrial, tourist resorts to residential and heritage buildings. He has acquired a broad knowledge of both the architectural professional and construction industry, with expertise in all facets of building design and on- site construction procedures.
Geoff regularly works overseas as the supervising architect for the ancient Graeco-Roman theatre excavations in Cyprus. In Jordan he was awarded the first prize by the American Centre for Oriental Research for the design of a shelter over an excavated Byzantine church at Petra.
With OCP Architects PL he has gained extensive experience in the conservation of heritage buildings. Included in this work is the Thomas Walker Hospital at Concord, St Luke’s Church at Liverpool, the Women’s College within the University of Sydney, Sydney Central Railway terminal, Trades Hall Sydney as well as various works at the University of Sydney. He has prepared Conservation Management Plans for the Nowra Showground, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney, Castlereagh Cemetery and Building 88 at Garden Island. He has prepared Interpretation Plans for a number of sites in Sydney including Trades Hall, Jones Bay Wharf, Darling Island and Towns Place North.
As a consultant to the NSW Heritage Office, OCP Architects PL provided assistance in the determination of Integrated Development and Section 60 applications for the Walsh Bay redevelopment. Geoff’s work involved reviewing and advising on all heritage aspects of the proposals in this precinct, including design development, detail design, construction and the completion of the project.
Geoff has recently worked on the RailCorp Section 170 Heritage Register Update Project, the adaptive reuse of historic Flowers Wards and Heffron and Delaney buildings at the former Prince Henry Hospital site as well as the preparation of Conservation Management Plans for a number of State heritage listed houses at Millers Point Sydney and conservation works for houses at Glebe and Millers Point.
Senior Heritage Specialist
Degree in Engineering of Structures, Czech University of Technology, Prague.
Milena has wide-ranging experience in heritage and conservation. Her key areas of expertise include project coordination and management; stone conservation and documentation; condition surveys and reports of historic buildings, industrial structures, sculptures and archaeological sites; archaeological planning and drawing; construction documentation and design of technical details; measured drawings and archival recording.
Her professional experience includes work for the Heritage Group, Government Architect’s Office, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation; and the State Institute for Restoration of Historic Buildings in Prague.
Historian + Heritage Advisor
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney, 2014
Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1st class), University of Western Sydney, 2008
Member of Professional Historians Association
Rowan is a historian with extensive experience in the researching, writing and teaching of history. He has lectured and tutored history for many years at two Australian universities, and has worked as a historian for several heritage architect firms. He has a range of publications including Murder in Tottenham: Australia’s first political assassination (Anchor Books Australia, 2015)
Rowan’s recent experience includes preparing histories for heritage impact statements, conservation management plans and interpretation strategies for sites across New South Wales. This includes former Cleveland Street Public School; Sydney University’s Macleay Museum and Anderson Stuart Buildings; Moss Vale Railway Station Precinct; and Campbell’s Stores. A heritage review for Bankstown City Council included the research and preparation of histories of over twenty separate potential heritage locations, both residential and commercial, as well as a thematic history of North Bankstown, including the suburbs of Greenacre, Punchbowl, Condell Park and Yagoona. He has also written on the history of the broader region, including Indonesia. He is currently writing a book on the history of Glenfield House, Casula.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney, 2011
Master of Town Planning, University of New South Wales, 2013
Bianca is a town planner and heritage consultant with experience in development assessment, heritage assessment, historical research and the preparation of heritage impact statements.
Bianca’s motivation comes from an understanding of how good urban planning and the conservation of significant places can affect the development and preservation of high quality urban environments.
Bianca’s recent experience includes the preparation of numerous heritage impact statements and heritage assessments for a range of residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings and infrastructure projects; heritage studies and fieldwork surveys of buildings in conservation areas throughout Sydney; and the independent assessment of planning proposals for local councils.
Mariam is a conservation specialist with experience in the documentation, restoration and adaptive reuse of ancient buildings in The Old City of Aleppo.
Mariam’s interest in heritage conservation comes from her belief that architecture is a physical embodiment of history and the preservation of the cultural assets of a place can preserve its identity and contribute to its urban revitalisation.