Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar is the last intact city in Asia. After half a century of relative isolation, Myanmar is undergoing fast growth and large political changes and, as a consequence, its heritage buildings are now at risk of being lost due to this rapid development.

The recent investment boom in Myanmar is increasing demand for new hotels, residential apartments and office buildings, placing the country’s built heritage at risk of demolition. One of Myanmar’s most recognised buildings is the Sofaer Building in the heart of Yangon. Featuring grand Corinthian columns and a domed tower with…