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.

Topics include:

  • defining cultural landscape types and their boundaries
  • applying current best practices in heritage conservation
  • recognizing evolving interactions between natural systems and human interventions
  • evaluating heritage values, significance and integrity
  • consulting effectively with stakeholders and the community
  • planning sustainable management strategies
  • balancing conflicting resources and uses

Note: as this course requires participation in written submissions, oral presentations and group collaboration, it is required that you have English language fluency.

For information on accommodations in Victoria click here.


Note: though not required, prior experience in a cultural organization would be an asset for success in this course.

Please contact the Program Coordinator, Tusa Shea, directly at if you have any questions or concerns.


Wendy Shearer, FCSLA, is a Cultural Heritage Landscape 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 throughout Ontario 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 a successful community consultation strategy that informs the planning process. Wendy has been a frequent invited speaker in the United States and Canada on heritage landscape issues. She brings 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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