Sharon Vattay, Ph.D., CAHP, is an architectural historian who brings a diverse set of skills offering expertise in the assessment and management of heritage resources. Prior to joining GBCA Architects as an Associate in 2008, Sharon was a Heritage Planner (in the cities of Hamilton and Vaughan) and Lecturer at the University of Toronto. Within the practice, Sharon is responsible for archival research, document analysis, report writing, applying conservation standards and developing mitigative strategies (all in accordance with the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada). Her professional experience is leveraged to help guide our clients through municipal and provincial heritage approvals. Sharon’s knowledge in materials research goes beyond the application of conservation principles to the projects she directs at GBCA, and her passion has led to developing technical skills in hands on masonry projects in Europe and the United States.
In addition to teaching with University of Victoria in the Cultural Resource Management Program and has published and presented papers on architectural history and preservation practice. She is an active member of a number of allied organizations, such as the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Association of Preservation Technology, and is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.
What participants are saying
"I really enjoyed the structure of the assignments and how they built on each other leading up to the final assignment. I also enjoyed that the final assignment was meant to be as close to a real life example as possible."
"To date, my favourite course. Most useful, relevant readings, assignments correspond nicely to readings."
"This course is very well structured - the assignments are definitely relevant and build up towards the final assignment. The slide presentation was excellent - very informative, relevant to each week and provided great examples."
"It was clear that the instructor is experienced both in the heritage field and academia, and knows how to smoothly run a good class at university level."
Online format using the learning management system (LMS), Brightspace, over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 12-14 rigorous hours of coursework per week.
Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Brightspace course site. This course follows an asynchronous delivery model.
This course will use online text-based notes and/or PowerPoint presentations, forum-based discussions, individual and individual assignments, and print and online readings/resources. In addition to completing assignments and activities, participants are expected to contribute meaningfully and frequently to forum-based discussions weekly.
Attendance, participation and decorum
Whether registered as a credit or non-credit participant, you will be expected to:
- login to the course website on a regular basis throughout each week
- participate in class activities, and thoughtfully and articulately contribute to course forum discussions by reflecting upon assigned readings and professional experiences
- submit course assignments on scheduled course deadline dates
- notify course instructors of any personal leaves throughout the term that will affect class participation well in advance
- notify the instructor of any situation that will compromise the timely submission of an assignment or activity to work out alternate arrangements well in advance of due date
- provide work throughout the course that is effectively organized and researched, professionally presented, and well-written
- interact with colleagues, program staff, and course instructors in a respectful and positive manner at all times
Note: if a student has not signed into the course site website by 100% tuition refund drop date, the Program Office reserves the right to withdraw the student from the course. Participation in online courses is mandatory and online interactions are the most important part of the course learning experience. As such, “catching up” at such a late date without prior approval—and make-up scheduling by the instructor and/or program—is impossible.
In some cases, participants and the course instructor may discuss examples that reflect an actual situation, institution, or community. In order to create an environment where all feel free to discuss and learn from situational issues, it is asked that everyone respect the confidential nature of the institutions and communities being discussed.
While the site is password protected, note that email and course discussion forum groups are never entirely confidential and are subject to freedom of information and privacy legislation. Your use of these communication tools should reflect the public nature of the media.
We ask that you respect the copyright of any and all course materials and note that these are circulated and shared for the purposes of this course only. Further reproduction is strictly prohibited.
Disclosure of personal information to vendors, systems or services storing or accessing that information outside of Canada is restricted by s.30.1 of FIPPA.
Instructors may use a variety of educational technology in a course including internet-based technologies, or web-based applications, cloud services and social media. The use of technology is intended to enhance and/or deliver students’ education and is part of a students’ engagement at the University. Some of these technologies may collect, use, disclose, and store student and instructor personal information outside of Canada.
In some courses, instructors may require students to use educational technology and social media which stores personal information outside of Canada, in such cases, instructors will try to provide options (such as using an alias to register).
If students do not want their personal information stored or accessed outside of Canada, in certain rare instances, courses may not be available to them. If the course is required for the completion of a degree, alternatives will be provided.
1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.