Notre-Dame de Paris

The Australian Institute of Architects adds its voice to the outpouring of regret at the extensive fire damage sustained by the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris overnight.

Speaking on ABC News 24, National President Clare Cousins said the 850-year old structure was an example of architectural endeavour at its finest.

‘Notre-Dame de Paris is not only a sacred place of worship, it is a place loved by generations upon generations of people all around the world,’ Ms Cousins added.

‘Over the centuries it has become a cherished part of our cultural fabric, something that incites wonder, a symbol of love, resilience and a structure of tremendous worldwide significance.

‘We, alongside countless others across the globe, mourn the damage that has been inflicted by this devastating fire.

‘The overwhelming response to this terrible event reinforces the extraordinary power truly great architecture has to bring people together, to provide a place where countless special memories are made, where wonder and magic abound.

‘Restoring this icon will take extraordinary skill, time and resources – but what’s not lacking is the determination to do so.

‘We share the anguish and immense sorrow of the French people at this loss but likewise we have every confidence in their ability to restore the Cathedral with great cultural sensitivity.’