Engineers Australia has established the John Monash Medal as an annual award to recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals towards increasing the awareness, and conservation, of Australia's engineering heritage. The award commemorates General Sir John Monash whose leadership and engineering accomplishment has left a great Australian legacy.
The Medal is awarded by Engineering Heritage Australia (a Special Interest Group of Engineers Australia).
2012 Winner - Ian Maitland
At the 2012 Engineers Australia Annual General Meeting, Ian Maitland was presented with the John Monash Medal by EA outgoing National President David Hood.
Ian has over 40 years of experience as a practicing structural engineer and in the last 15 years his firm has specialised in providing structural and general building advice for over 150 heritage assignments.
The projects have been enormously varied, including such icons as the WA Museum, The Golden Pipeline pump-stations, Rottnest Island buildings and various hospitals, churches, town halls and many other historical buildings and ruins. Clients include the Heritage Council of WA, the National Trust, government departments, local authorities, insurance companies, historical societies, architects and members of the public.
By applying his more general structural engineering expertise to the conservation and reuse of heritage buildings, he highlights to the profession that heritage buildings require special application of an engineer's skills. This includes an understanding of the behaviour of traditional materials with recognition of how their properties change over time, and an ability to use modern materials in a style that is sympathetic to the heritage character of buildings.
Ian is member of ICOMOS Australia and one of only four engineers currently registered with Engineers Australia National Engineering Registration Board in the Heritage and Conservation Engineering category, reflecting his strong conviction and dedication to heritage.
Ian's commercial work has been recognised in many ways. In 2008 his work on St George's Cathedral (Perth) earned an Engineers Australia WA Engineering Excellence Award and was a finalist at the national level. He has also been awarded by the Master Builders Association, the Heritage Council of WA, Bankwest and the City of Perth.
While Ian has made heritage engineering his career, he also contributes his time, resources and advice on a voluntary basis to several heritage causes including the Rottnest Island Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee and Engineering Heritage WA and he has regularly given presentations on the importance of engineering heritage to professional and community groups.
The Colin Crisp Award is given for effort deemed by Engineering Heritage Australia to have demonstrated excellence through conservation, education and other endeavours towards engineering history or heritage. This is an award for projects.
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