About Ian Maitland

Nationality: Australian
Education: Honours degree, Civil Engineering University of Adelaide
Experience: 52 years as a qualified, practicing engineer

Ian Maitland announced his official retirement from Maitland Heritage Engineering in early 2017. However, Ian continues to provide specialist Heritage Engineering Advisory services through Quoin Consulting in collaboration with a team of experienced Structural Engineers.

Awarded the John Monash medal 2012 for outstanding contribution to Engineering Heritage.

Awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2016 for service to Cultural Heritage and Civil Engineering.

Employment History

2017 – present

Specialist Heritage Consultant – Quoin Consulting
After his retirement from Maitland Heritage Engineering, Ian continues to provide specialist Heritage Engineering Advisory services through Quoin Consulting.

2002 – 2017

Managing Director of Maitland Consulting Structural Engineering (MCSE) and Maitland Heritage Engineering (MHE)

  • NER Registration
    • Civil Engineering (general)
    • Heritage & Conservation Engineering (specific). One of 5 in Australia and the only one in WA
  • Engages administrative, drafting staff and engineers on a contract basis as required. Each has different engineering skills, and these are called upon depending on project requirements
  • In private practice – Maitland Consulting Structural Engineering (MCSE) and Maitland Heritage Engineering (MHE). Increasing involvement in heritage projects, condition & heritage impact reports, conservation management plans and techniques. Structural and material conservation, design and contract administration
  • Diverse size and range of heritage projects. Commercial, retail, churches, cathedrals, industrial, farm structures, cranes, schools, town halls, missions, bridges, walls, monuments, water tanks, lighthouse, ruins, former pipeline and residential
  • Significant involvement in the heritage matters – committees, presentations to public, industry and professional groups, membership of heritage forums, research, development of new ideas and techniques in structural and material conservation

1990 – 2002

In private practice – Ian B.G Maitland – Consulting Structural Engineer

  • Structural design and contract administration of new buildings up to $10M in value; approximately 1200 projects
  • Structural reports – assessment and remediation, insurance, heritage and other. Damage from earthquakes, wind, impact and material degradation. 544 assignments in total, including 80 earthquake reports

1970 – 1990

Manager, managing director, John Connell & Associates WA Consulting Engineers later becoming Connell Wagner WA and now Aurecon.

  • Director of national firm, and affiliates
  • Structural design and construction supervision of commercial, retail, industrial residential and public buildings


Forbes & Fitzhardinge Architects, Perth Inhouse structural engineer

1964 – 1969

Structural design engineer with consulting engineering firms in Australia, England and Canada

Professional and Business Activities

  • Engineering Heritage WA – Engineers Australia – committee and immediate past chairman
  • Engineering Heritage Australia – committee 2015-2016
  • Rottnest Island Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee- member
  • Chairman – Techlink Australia – multidiscipline design and construction firm
  • Chairman – CCD Australia – multidiscipline consulting engineers
  • Chairman – Concrete Branch – Institution of Engineers Australia
  • State Supply Commission – board member
  • WA Building Regulation Advisory Committee – member
  • ICOMOS Australia – member
  • Guest lecturer – Curtin University
  • Director on Kinhill Connell board of four engineers including engineering legends John Connell AM and Malcolm Kinnaird AC

Awards and Commendations

  •  Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to Cultural Heritage and Civil Engineering in 2016
  • Recipient of the John Monash medal 2012, Engineers Australia’s highest honour to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Engineering Heritage
  • WA Engineering Excellence Award, Engineers Australia – 2008. Structural enhancement of St George’s Cathedral
  • National Engineering Excellence Award, Engineers Australia – Finalist 2008
  • Heritage Council of WA – Outstanding Contribution to Heritage in WA – Nominee 2009
  • Master Builders Excellence in Construction Award – 2008. Commendation 2011
  • City of Perth Heritage Award 2012 – Trinity Church St Georges Terrace Perth. Highly commended and awarded Certificate of Merit
  • City of Perth Heritage Award 2014 – Conservation and Restoration of the balconies of the former Land Titles Offcie Perth (Treasury Building)
  • Structural engineer for award winning projects (last 5 years only listed)
    • Catholic Presbytery (Bishops Palace) Perth – Colwyn – William St Northbridge
    • Rottnest Island Hotel – Bailey House Revitalisation – Edenvale Pinjarra

Technical Papers and Presentations

Recent (< 10 years)

  • Preparation of modules for one day Heritage Engineering Training Course to be held on 9 November 2017 (in progress)
  • Preparation of successful nomination of Gwalia headframe and winder engine for Engineering Australia Engineering Heritage Recognition Award
  • Technical Paper – Gwalia’s mining heritage – speaker State Heritage Office 2016 Heritage Management and Planning Seminar, Kalgoorlie 2016
  • Technical Paper – Why Engineers need Training in Heritage – speaker WA State Heritage and History Conference, Perth 2017
  • Technical Paper – The role of heritage structural  engineering and why it is important for future generations – Australian Structural Engineering Conference, Brisbane, 2017. Co-author with John Woodside
  • Technical Paper – Engineers Australia Heritage Conference, 2008 – Structural Enhancement of St George’s cathedral – speaker
  • Technical Paper – Why You Should Be a Heritage Engineer – keynote speaker EHSA Conference 2013
  • Technical Paper – A Giant Leap for a Small Town – Carnarvon’s Role In Australia’s contribution to the Space Race. Co-author with Prof. Mark Bush
  • Preparation of successful Nomination of NASA Space Tracking Station Carnarvon for Engineers Australia Engineering Heritage Recognition award
  • The National Trust of Australia WA- 2010 AGM. Presentation – Structural remediation of St Peter’s Anglican Church Victoria Park

Older (> 10 years)

  • Presentations to professional and community groups – architects, engineers, insurance and community

Career Highlights & Key Achievements

  • Structural design and remediation of four large heritage structures at Raine Square Perth, as part of a $500m project, including a tunnel which runs beneath a heritage structure. Completed in 2012
  • Heritage engineer for Treasury Building balconies. Completed in 2015
  • Scope of work for remediation of the River Road bridge, a 31 Span timber structure near Pemberton WA
  • Report on Historic Cranes, Fremantle Harbour.
  • Strengthening of St George’s Cathedral Perth, for earthquake, with most of remediation hidden from view, winning an Engineers Australia Award in 2008
  • Structural design and remediation of buildings at Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon, built in 1930’s by Catholic priests with children as labourers. Completed in 2010.
  • Strengthening of Trinity Church, cracked down the middle by adjacent excavation work, using Cintec anchors, never used before in WA. Completed in 2009. Awarded Certificate of Merit in City of Perth Heritage Awards 2012.
  • Assessment of 80 structures for earthquake for the insurance industry, government and private clients. Many of these were heritage places
  • Design and structural remediation of numerous buildings on Rottnest Island
  • Structural design of numerous school buildings in the Kimberleys in 1980s and 1990s
  • Structural design of Voyager Estate Winery, underground cellar with vaulted brick and arch ceilings
  • Development of tilt-up concrete panel construction in WA in 1970s.
  • Design of spaceframe structures for Expo 67, Montreal Canada.
  • Australian Army trained demolition expert


  • Visiting places of heritage and engineering significance throughout the world (except South America & central Africa) whilst on holidays
  • Rottnest Voluntary Guide
  • History, heritage, science, reading
  • Family, tennis, gym, Australia football
  • Rotarian for 35 years

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