ARCON Heritage Consultants is run by Graham Jacobs. Graham has been involved in architectural heritage and cultural landscape projects since 1986 when he obtained his Master's degree in Conservation (Built Environment) from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, York University, UK. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town.
Over the years, Graham has been involved in important national and provincial heritage projects both locally and abroad. These have included the rescue restoration of the historic fire damaged mission town centre of Wupperthal, Cederberg, working with the Rupert Foundation. Other projects have included Lanzerac, Stellenbosch; Boschendal, Groot Drakenstein; Rhone, Groot Drakenstein; the award-winning Bosjes Chapel outside Worcester; the Lutheran Church, Strand Street, Cape Town; Market House, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town; the historic Lourens River (stone) Bridge, Somerset West; conservation management plans for the Cape Town Parliamentary Precinct and the Grand Parade; the Old Royal Mint Building, London; and Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, UK. He is a former part time staff member at the University of Cape Town where he lectured in their MPhil program in Conservation (Built Environment). That included convening its Heritage Impact Assessment module.
Graham is currently a heritage advisor to the International Finance Corporation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development involving a heritage project in Central Asia. He is the present Chairperson of the Built Environment and Landscape Committee of Heritage Western Cape (HWC) and is serving his second term as a HWC Council Member. He recently accepted an invitation to serve on the Board of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum.
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