An interview with a seasoned architectural heritage consultant on the intricacies of working on heritage projects. 

The insight she shares could save you many days of effort and doubt, as you would gain an understanding of the rules, difficulties, and risks involved if you ever have the opportunity to work on a heritage project.


About this Course

No-one is appointing you to make changes to a National Monument, but the next house you will be working on might just be older than 60 years...  Buildings with heritage status come with a host of additional rules, but can be very fulfilling if you know how to go about it.  This interview teaches you some of the tricks that might mean the difference between success and failure.

Some of the topics include:

  • An explanation of the application process
  • What should be included in a heritage report
  • How to offer this as one of your architectural services.
  • Is it for everyone or do you need a certain personality type?
  • How much can you expect to get paid for this type of work?
  • The Heritage Resources Act
This interview hopes to lower the barrier to entry for you into heritage architecture.  We ask all the questions you are too polite to ask and get the straight answers for it.  You will no longer feel like an imposter when it comes to heritage architecture.  At least, you will know what you don’t know ;-)

Topics we discuss:

  • Further qualification you might need
  • Why you should always be heritage conscious
  • The Heritage Resources Act
  • How to know when a project is a ‘heritage project’
  • Where to start with heritage work
  • How to know what changes will be allowed on heritage a building
  • The different classes of heritage
  • What is a ‘heritage consultant’
  • The procedures of applying for approvals
  • How to compile a Heritage Report
  • How to do a Heritage Impact Assessment
  • How to manage community comments and objections
  • How long approvals are valid
  • A list of items often overlooked
  • The life-span of heritage projects
  • How much you can expect to earn from doing this kind work
  • Where to start if you want to offer this as a service
  • Where to find clients
  • How to market your service
  • The ‘downs-side’ of heritage work

Who this course is for

  • Architects who has never done work on a heritage building
  • Architects looking to expand their offering as an architectural service
  • Architects who are curious about the process of working on heritage buildings

What you get


1 hour


July 2020


Expert Interview


1 year


Access on mobile / desktop


In this course, Anneke Schriek interviews Engela White, an expert in heritage projects, particularly in the legalities one must navigate when dealing with buildings with heritage status.

Anneke Schriek

Anneke Schriek

Anneke is a Professional Registered Architect whose passion has always been to improve architecture as a service.

She is drawn to finding ways we can make architecture more accessible, and she strives to educate architects and students on how to achieve it. She inspires architects to be #betterarchitects.

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Engela White

Engela White

Engela is known for her vast knowledge and experience in Heritage services in the built environment.  She currently serves as a heritage consultant by dealing with heritage applications on behalf of clients. 

As Heritage consultant, Engela's impressive project list include names like Walter Sisulu Square, Joburg Art Gallery and Jeppe Station.  Engela has also done a lot of work on theatres, amongst others the State Theatre Precint.  

Clients come in the form of government, project managers, developers, private home owners and professional colleagues. Her subjects of expertise involve aspects of the National Heritage Resources Act.

In addition to being a professional architect, Engela holds a research Masters Degree from the University of Pretoria on the Historic Urban Landscape Approach.   She also completed a course on Heritage Resources Management at the University of Cape Town during 2019.

Engela on LinkedIn  |

Wiew Architects

In addition to basic architectural services, Wiew Architects specialize in Heritage Consultancy Services, Arbitration, Construction Law Services, and Contract Administration
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I Thought I Knew.. How to work on a Heritage Project