CANADA’S PREMIER HERITAGE CONSERVATION SCHOOL
95% Graduate Employment Rate
Internationally Renowned Faculty
Experiential Hands-on Education
Personalized Learning Outcomes
WELCOME TO WILLOWBANK
Willowbank is a unique private career college in Canada and has been on the vanguard heritage conservation and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings since 2006. We are the Canadian headquarters of INTBAU, a global network promoting traditional building, architecture, and urbanism.
Our unique Three-Year Diploma program provides students with a professional network that can take their career path in many directions. Coursework focuses on developing skills and knowledge related to conserving our built and cultural heritage. Our focus on providing a well-rounded education in heritage conservation and sustainability is made possible by the exceptional faculty practitioners who came from across Canada, the United States, and Denmark.
The impressive breadth of Willowbank’s educational reach was illustrated in the projects and internships undertaken by the Class of 2020 in their final year of studies. Students worked on the restoration of Province House in PEI, on Centre Block in Ottawa, with a design-build company in Ottawa, with a boat restoration company in Victoria and with ERA Architects in Toronto.
Our class of ‘21 represented Willowbank at the Association of Preservation Technology (APT) Conference in Miami in November. Competing against specialized engineering programs from across North America, our students placed second overall for their scaled construction of a masonry arch. Congratulations, Class of ‘21!
In the spirit of our Living Lab or live project approach to hands-on learning, Willowbank students are participating with construction professionals and Parks Canada in the conservation of the colonnaded portico of our 1834 Greek Revival mansion, set within one of Canada’s National Historic Sites.
We are proud to announce a new partnership with NPAAMB Indigenous Youth Employment and Training to co-deliver new continuing studies programming that reflects the interconnected layers of natural, built, cultural, and spiritual meaning of place. www.npaamb.com
Our Continuing Studies program offers a wide range of coursework led by craftspersons, theorists, historians, artisans, architects, and allied professionals who are masters in their fields of expertise. Participants can study areas of personal or professional interest without enrolling as full-time students. Course delivery is a blend of virtual and strategic Covid-friendly in-person learning activities.
Our hands-on experiential Summer Studios, delivered thorough our Centre for Cultural Landscape, are formed around a series of live real-world projects that that bridge the gap between abstract theory and practice
Our Traditional Craft Skills Workshops are ideal for hands-on heritage enthusiasts, do-it-yourself handypersons, craftsperson’s, building owners, practitioners looking for professional development opportunities, and for those considering a career in heritage craft skills.
Our free online Webinars, focused on personal and professional growth, explore the principles and practices of conservation. They are designed to meet the needs of heritage professionals and students looking to advance their careers or as a general introduction for heritage enthusiasts and those considering a career in this field
Willowbank is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa and Haudenosaunee peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people. (Source: DSBN)
Willowbank recently updated our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness Policy. Willowbank School of Restoration Arts (referred to as ‘Willowbank’) values and promotes human rights, adheres to the Ontario Human Rights Code and commits to foster a college community that enables full participation of all students and employees to study and work. Willowbank celebrates the diversity of its students and employees and sees diversity as a strength.
Willowbank recognizes that society and post-secondary institutions historically and systemically have marginalized equity-seeking groups. We acknowledge that this marginalization continues to hinder an individual’s ability to fully, freely, and equitably participate within an academic institution and in society. We strive to ensure socioeconomic status does not hinder someone’s ability to access and be successful in post-secondary education.
As such, the College commits to identify, prevent, and eliminate discrimination and harassment in all its forms with respect to race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, political belief, marital status or family status of that person or that group or class of persons.
Willowbank commits to uphold the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion to foster a barrier-free, respectful, and welcoming learning and working environment.