The practice carries out heritage work including building conservation, advice on contextual design, new building design, conservation, design for adaptive re-use and heritage, development advice in sensitive heritage contexts, and heritage and conservation studies to heritage best practice.

Helen Wilson
Heritage Conservation Design

This Sydney award-winning heritage consultancy in the Eastern Suburbs was established in 1991 by Helen Wilson. With a large range of best practice heritage services, we assist with and advise on best solutions for our clients who range from small and large scale private property owners and developers, to local, state and federal government departments, agencies and institutions, and non-government organizations. No two projects are the same, and this small practice provides focussed and experienced professional advice to clients to address their particular project. 

Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson, Principal of Helen Wilson Heritage Conservation Design, is a heritage consultant with more than 30 years’ experience. 


Helen was a member of the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee (2007-2013) and served as Secretary of Australia ICOMOS (2009-2013) and has carried out World Heritage Desk Reviews. Helen is an Expert Member of CIVVIH, the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Villages. She is also an expert member of ISCES+CC, the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change and Co-Convener of NSCES, the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability. She is a Co-opted Member of the ICOMOS CCHWG (Climate Change and Heritage Working Group) . She is a member of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and served on the Urban Conservation Committee and as a Judge on the NT/Energy Australia Awards.


Helen was a founding member of the Heritage Advisory program set up by the NSW Heritage Office and is amongst the most experienced heritage advisors to local government in Australia, having provided heritage advisory services to many NSW councils in regional and urban areas around NSW.

Work includes to..

Government authority buildings and properties

Local Government properties


Commercial properties

Industrial properties


Police stations 

Medical Practices



Gardens, Fences and Gates

Colour Schemes

Landscape and Streetscape settings

Organizations and Areas serviced include..

Local Councils or Local Government Areas  (LGA) in Greater Metropolitan Sydney that Helen Wilson Heritage Conservation Design regularly deals with on residential, commercial and industrial proposals and applications, or has provided heritage advice to, include Ashfield, Bankstown, Botany BayBurwood, Canada Bay, FairfieldHornsbyHunters HillHurstvilleKu-ring-gaiLane CoveLeichhardt, MarrickvilleMosmanNorth SydneyParramattaPenrith, RandwickRockdaleRyde, StrathfieldSutherlandCity of Sydney, WarringahWaverleyWilloughbyWoollahra. Our company has also provided heritage advice on heritage properties and projects to government departments including NSW Heritage DivisionHousing NSWNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Sydney Water.


Servicing Sydney, North Shore, Northern Beaches, Pittwater, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs, Western Suburbs, South West Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and the Hills, this heritage, conservation and design consultancy also assists clients in Northern NSW, the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, North Coast, Illawarra, South Coast, Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands, Central West and ACT regions with heritage and heritage conservation advice, heritage impact statements, heritage reports, conservation management plans, and with heritage aspects of development applications (DAs) for residential, commercial and industrial properties. 

Experience and expertise includes..

Conservation and restoration of buildings

Adaptation of buildings for new uses

Historic interiors

Heritage Assessments and Studies

Statements of Heritage Impact

Conservation Management Plans and Strategies

Heritage advice 

Pre-Purchase heritage advice

Heritage advice on development options

Historic research

Development and planning approval advice

Development Applications

Design advice for best heritage outcomes

Photographic Archival Recordings

Heritage Interpretation Plans

Strategic heritage advice

Building maintenance advice

New buildings in historic contexts

Sustainable and passive design advice

Advice on installation of renewable energy systems in heritage contexts

Additions to buildings, large and small


...and more