Heritage Area Conservation: Revitalization Visions and Realities

Code: AHVS489A
Apply this course towards: Cultural Resource Management

Course description

Around the world, as cities continue to rapidly grow, there is an increasing emphasis and need for sustainable development. Environmentally, landfills can no longer accommodate the mass demolition of heritage assets and, socially, communities are no longer willing to accept such reckless destruction of their shared landscape. Heritage conservation is a key component to help facilitate and encourage the sensitive growth of urban environments. Two important conservation tools for encouraging such growth and development are adaptive reuse and area conservation. This intensive face-to-face course will provide both an international and local understanding of these two intertwined approaches.

Learning objectives

On successful completion of the course you should be able to:

  • To better define and examine the history and evolution of conserving larger areas and revitalizing heritage assets.
  • To evaluate these approaches, their challenges and varied outcomes.
  • To define and understand your own community’s approach to area conservation and adaptive reuse.
  • To better articulate and present critical analyses of these approaches, including comparative analysis between examples.
  • To plan and propose updates to projects and proposals, including a distillation and interpretation of on-site research findings to support your suggestions.



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.


Katie Cummer, PhD.

With extensive academic training and experience, Katie has a wide range of knowledge and expertise in heritage conservation. Her expertise includes conservation education, heritage-focused research, and administrative planning. As an educator, she has substantial experience designing and running conservation-related courses (including developing an entire undergraduate conservation curriculum), and workshops for a range of audiences, including secondary school students, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as practicing professionals. She is also an active researcher and writer, conducting assessments of sites to facilitate informed decision-making and planning. She has authored and co-authored a number of academic papers, books, book chapters and consultancy studies on topics related to heritage conservation, including site analysis, area conservation planning, interpretation, policy studies and recommendations on best practice for official Government use.


This course is a 6-day intensive face-to-face format at the UVic Campus.

Course Credit

1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.

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