Dr. Peter Watts AM
Peter serves as Rapporteur for his third conference and also plays a supportive role as advisor. He reveals consummate skills in discussions, which often illuminate speaker presentations. He also assists as an advisor behind the scenes providing guidance in setting directions for our conferences.
As an architect and landscape architect, Peter initiated many projects with the National Trust (Vic), wrote books on Edna Walling, Historic Gardens of Victoria and the botanical artist Ferdinand Bauer. In 1981 he arranged the first Australian Garden History Conference from which evolved the Australian Garden History Society.
As founding Director of the Historic Houses Trust NSW (1981-2008), he oversaw its astonishing success accumulating 121 awards for architecture, conservation, design, publications, exhibitions, etc.
Peter is now engaged on a range of cultural boards and as a consultant in conservation, the arts and related fields.