Cultural Landscapes

Code: AHVS489G
Apply this course towards: Cultural Resource Management, Cultural Heritage Studies

Course description

From the landscapes associated with historic buildings, industries and rural communities, to traditional use sites of First Nations peoples, cultural landscapes are tremendously diverse resources that present special conservation and management challenges. This course focuses on the complex nature of cultural landscapes and develops your ability to identify, evaluate and develop conservation strategies for landscape resources that are integral to your community.

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals from a wide range of fields that come together in the management of cultural landscapes.

From the landscapes associated with historic buildings, industries and rural communities, to traditional use sites of First Nations peoples, cultural landscapes are tremendously diverse resources that present special conservation and management challenges. This course focuses on the complex nature of cultural landscapes and develops your ability to identify, evaluate and develop conservation strategies for landscape resources that are integral to your community.

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Learning objectives

On completion of this course you should be able:

  • to identify the different types of cultural landscapes using UNESCO World Heritage definitions and for comparison, US definitions
  • to gain a familiarity with the current best practices for conservation of cultural landscapes based on national standards and guidelines
  • to gain a thorough understanding of the process used to document existing conditions, research site chronologies, evaluate heritage values and significance, and to develop appropriate strategies for the managing of tangible and intangible heritage values

Prerequisites

Note: though not required, prior experience in a cultural organization would be an asset for success in this course. Please contact the Program Office if you have any questions or concerns.

Instructor

Wendy Shearer, FCSLA, is a landscape architect and Cultural Heritage Specialist consultant in private practice in Guelph, Ontario. She has extensive expertise in the research, documentation, assessment and conservation planning of varied cultural heritage landscapes of local, provincial and national significance. Wendy Shearer is an active member of the professional heritage community with her involvement in the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation and since 1989, the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. She has taught the Cultural Landscape course at UVic since 2007 and was adjunct professor at the University of Guelph between 1995 and 1999.

Wendy has been involved in numerous heritage projects across the country, including heritage conservation district studies for rural settlements and urban neighbourhoods, industrial sites and large institutional properties. As well, she has worked on the restoration and the conservation management planning of several historic parks, gardens and estates from the early 19th and 20th centuries. Her completed projects demonstrate the application of heritage conservation theory to a variety of cultural landscape sites.

Wendy has been a frequent invited speaker in the United States and Canada on heritage landscape issues. She is on the Executive Committee of the College of Fellows of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for an Individual from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. Wendybrings to this course award winning expertise in evaluating the wide variety of cultural heritage landscapes and developing conservation plans and implementation strategies based on the heritage values of the property.

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