Jasper Swann trained and practiced in England as a stonemason in the late 1980s, working on a wide variety of stone buildings dating from the 11th – 20th Centuries, before moving to Australia in 1991. He was the founder and Managing Director of Jasper Swann Stonemasonry Pty Ltd, establishing the business that same year. That company was known for its specialist expertise in conserving and restoring heritage buildings. During its 20 years of operation, the company carried out conservation and restoration works to numerous buildings of heritage significance in Australia. This experience gives Jasper Swann a thorough understanding of the practical issues that need to be considered in any stone conservation project.
Jasper Swann holds a BSc (Hons) Degree, a City & Guilds London Institute Craft Certificate in Stonemasonry, a Diploma in Lettercutting & Carving and a Masters Degree in Heritage Conservation. He is a former member of the NSW Heritage Council’s Technical Advisory Group and former guest lecturer in the conservation of stonework in the Masters of Heritage Conservation Program at the University of Sydney. He has been a regular contributor of articles to the Australian Stone Advisory Association’s magazine Discovering Stone.
With formal qualifications and a depth of experience in both stonemasonry and heritage conservation, he is the only independent masonry consultant in Australia to offer this unique combination of skills. Today Jasper Swann works solely as a Masonry Consultant and Stone Projects Manager. He has a well-established reputation amongst conservation & heritage architects, building owners, public and private institutions, Commonwealth and State Government departments and other heritage professionals.
He has been engaged in advisory roles in the conservation of the Sydney Town Hall; St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney; the Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Central Station, Sydney; the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney; Old Melbourne Gaol; the Former Treasury Building Melbourne; former Melbourne Magistrates Court; the Chief Secretary’s Building, Sydney; Commonwealth War Cemeteries across all states and territories of Australia and overseas; and many other significant buildings and structures besides.
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