University of Victoria Continuing Studies – Heritage Conservation Planning Specialization Program: Conservation in Context – Changing Historical, Theoretical and Operational Perspectives (HA 489K)

Heritage conservation does not take place in isolation. This course will address the complex range of principles and practices that create a framework for effective heritage preservation and conservation planning and decision-making. The practical implications of international and national heritage conservation charters, principles, standards, and guidelines will be discussed, along with legal, programmatic, and financial incentives and constraints. As you consider the contexts that shape your heritage conservation activities, this course will strengthen your ability to:

  • trace the evolution of preservation and conservation activity in Canada and beyond;
  • work within a principled, systematically organized and systemic framework for conservation decision-making;
  • identify programs, funding opportunities, and other networks that support conservation activity;
  • distinguish between intervention, conservation and management planning for places of heritage value, and work with methodologies for each;
  • respect and integrate the values and interests of communities in conservation decision-making;
  • recognize the range of options for intervention, use and development (additions, modifications) that can be considered in managing historic properties; and
  • anticipate the implications for conservation decision-making on contemporary concerns for values-based approaches, sustainability, risk preparedness, monitoring effectiveness, building performance upgrading (seismic and fire codes, energy performance, accessibility requirements), cultural landscape and other holistic approaches, environmental assessment approaches; and shifting emphases in legal and institutional frameworks.

Instructor Alastair Kerr is an expert in heritage planning and historic resource evaluation, and a leading theorist in heritage conservation in Canada. For the past 33 years, he has worked for the British Columbia Heritage Branch where he has had extensive experience in policy development, strategic planning, historic resource evaluation, historic site and heritage planning, heritage law, public consultation and participation programs, downtown revitalization, dispute resolution, and training. This on-campus course runs January 30 to February 4, 2012, and the deadline for registration is January 3, 2012 (late registrations may be accepted if space permits). For further information and to register, go to

36 Non-core LUs

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