Susan Macdonald is currently head of Buildings and Sites, at the Getty Conservation Institute in California, where she oversees over 20 projects aiming to advance conservation practice internationally involving research, field projects, training and dissemination and directs the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative. She trained as an architect at the University of Sydney, and has a Masters in Conservation Studies (University of York/ICCROM) and is a certified practicing urban planner. She has worked as a conservation architect in private practice and the public sector, in Australia and England and has been involved in a wide range of conservation issues involving urban planning, development, economics, policy, technical matters and world heritage issues. Susan been involved in conserving 20th century heritage for many years, is a member of the DOCOMOMO International Specialist Technical Committee and a Vice President of the ICOMOS 20th Century Committee and has published widely on this topic.

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