Our People

The carste STUDIO team is led by Stephen Booker, Conservation Architect and Heritage Consultant.

As a practice, we openly acknowledge the diverse and competent skill-set of our valued team members and the contribution they make in our ability to deliver effective, relevant and comprehensive solutions. We recognise their commitment to our Practice and their collaboration in bringing client projects to fruition.

Stephen Booker

Stephen completed his undergraduate degrees in architecture at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and his Masters degree in Heritage Conservation at Sydney University. He has also participated in heritage conservation management and physical conservation courses at the University of Canberra.

As part of his consultancy work Stephen is an advisor to local government agencies including Port Macquarie Hastings Council and Kempsey Shire Council on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia. In this role, he manages the conservation works in the district (local government area) and provides free technical advice to owners of heritage properties. He also consults with building designers, architects and development proponents on how they may best engage with the significant fabric of the area without detracting from its heritage values.

Australia has a wealth of early masonry colonial buildings dating from 1800 onwards, as well as a large number of timber buildings from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, that are recognised as important cultural icons. Stephen’s conservation work has ranged across these building forms, types and construction techniques. He particularly concentrates on ecclesiastic buildings.

Stephen has undertaken historic research for his thesis in relation to a significant architect from the late nineteenth century, Mr Geo McRae. He has also researched and written a paper on interpretation of historic places for his Master’s dissertation.

Stephen is a practical oriented architect who enjoys ‘getting his hands dirty’. His first taste of the work undertaken by Adventures in Preservation (AiP) (formerly named Heritage Conservation Network) was in the Slovenian town of Šmartno ob Paki in September 2008. AiP is a non-profit organisation dedicated to saving the world’s architectural heritage.

He has travelled to Europe a number of times and is particularly interested in how cultures respond to their important places, manage and maintain the cultural integrity of their heritage.