Best Practices in Heritage Conservation Planning (AHVS 489A)

PART OF: Diploma in Cultural Resource Management

Course description

As the revitalization of historic places becomes ever more commonplace, an ever-increasing number of architects, landscape architects, engineers and planners engage in heritage conservation practice. The discipline challenges professionals and property owners to ensure that they consistently produce good conservation work that will stand the test of time.

This course addresses those challenges with instruction and training in doctrinal principles, standards of practice and contextual societal issues. It is intended is to help design professionals, and their clients, achieve best practices by providing an objective basis with which to make wise decisions about conservation strategies and interventions.

Class lectures are supplemented by student assignments, local fieldwork, and directed readings. Topics include: 

  • an introduction to best practices: "good" and "bad" conservation
  • international and Canadian heritage conservation doctrine
  • conservation treatments
  • standards and guidelines
  • community, sustainability, and ethical contexts
  • a critical assessment of case studies

The course is designed to meet the needs of heritage professionals, students, public officials and decision-makers who are involved in the management of historic places, whether in the public or the private sector. The material is appropriate for students at any level, from novice to advanced professional. This is not a general introduction to heritage conservation.

Registration Deadline: Oct.17, 2016: late registrations accepted if space permits

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Harold D. Kalman is a specialist in the heritage conservation and architectural history. Raised in Montreal, he received his education at Princeton University and had additional training in conservation at Cornell University and York University (England). He taught at the University of British Columbia for seven years before entering private practice.

He is the Founding President of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) and has served on the board of the Association for Preservation Technology and other professional societies. Kalman received lifetime achievement awards from the National Trust for Canada, the City of Vancouver, and CAHP, and was presented with the British Columbia Heritage Award. He was given an honourary LL.D. by the University of Victoria.

Kalman is the author (or co-author) of many standard texts on conservation and architecture, including Heritage Planning: Principles and Process, A History of Canadian Architecture, Exploring Vancouver, Exploring Ottawa, The Evaluation of Historic Buildings, and Encore: Recycling Public Buildings for the Arts. He holds the rank of Honorary Professor of Architecture at Hong Kong University.

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