Our Centre Associates are a diverse group of people who all have a passion for understanding the complex interweaving of our cultural and natural environments. Each is contributing to the field of Heritage through their own interpretations of Cultural Landscapes. Each year the Centre welcomes a new Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellow who, upon graduation automatically becomes an Associate of the Centre.



Julian Smith

Director - Willowbank Centre

Julian is an architect, conservator, scholar and educator. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to heritage conservation and cultural landscape theory and practice. Julian has an undergraduate degree from Oberlin college, a masters degree in Architecture from MIT and a preservation planning certificate from Cornell.

He has worked internationally throughout his career, with a range of projects throughout the U.S., France, the UK, Italy, India, Sri Lanka, and Japan. Julian served as Chief Restoration Architect for the National Historic Sites Program, directed the graduate program in Heritage Conservation at Carleton University and became the Executive Director of Willowbank in 2008 before retiring from that position in 2014. Julian has has served as an advisor and developed policy documents for a variety of federal and provincial agencies in Canada, and was the Canadian delegate to UNESCO for the drafting of the new international recommendation on Historic Urban Landscapes. Julian’s use of a cultural landscape framework allows him to move across the boundaries between architecture, landscape and urban design.

Julian is an Honourary Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and a recipient of Heritage Canada’s Gabrielle Léger Award and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s Eric Arthur Award, both recognizing lifetime achievement in the heritage conservation field.

Lisa Prosper

Centre Associate

Lisa Prosper, a member of Canada’s Mi’kmaq First Nation community, is a scholar and gifted public speaker. She presents and publishes nationally and internationally on cultural landscape theory and practice and was an ambassador for Willowbank during her tenure as Centre Director.

Lisa holds degrees in Art History and Heritage Conservation and has worked for the National Capital Commission, Parks Canada and First Nations communities. Lisa is also a graduate of the National Ballet School, with an earlier career in cultural programming at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

In 2015, she was elected by her peers to the Board of ICOMOS Canada (the International Council on Monuments and Sites). Also in 2015, she became a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.



Angela Garvey

Centre Associate

Angela was Willowbank's first recipient of the Susan Buggey Fellowship in Cultural Landscape. During the fellowship, Angela was introduced to Susan Buggey, her work, and the ICOMOS Canada community. The fellowship provided numerous opportunities for exploring her interests around resource extraction, indigenous narratives, and emotional connections to place. As part of her Third Year independent study, Angela presented on traditional cosmologies as a resource for cultural landscape, at the 18th ICOMOS General Assembly in Florence.

In addition to her Heritage Conservation Diploma from Willowbank (2015) Angela has an undergraduate degree in Urban and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto (2009). She is currently based in Toronto where she works for ERA Architects as a Heritage Planning Assistant. Since joining ERA in 2015, Angela has been engaged in projects involving values-based heritage strategies for a range of urban areas.

Since graduating, Angela has been part of an ICOMOS Canada initiative to nurture a National Conversation on Cultural Landscape. She also assisted the Centre for Cultural Landscape in its North American survey which will inform the 2016 UN-HABITAT III Conference in areas of culture, heritage and urban sustainability.

Angela is intrigued by place at every scale, having worked at the micro level with Urbanspace Property Group and the macro level with the University of Toronto's Global City Indicators Facility. She sees beauty in offbeat places, and delights in gardening despite a black thumb.


Chloe Richer
2016-17 Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellow

Chloe Richer came to Willowbank from her hometown of Toronto, Ontario. She studied Social Planning and Community Development at the University of Toronto before working for several years as a Constituency Assistant at the City of Toronto. Her longstanding interests are rooted in what ties people to places.

As the 2016-2017 Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellow, Chloe is exploring her new home of Hamilton. In addition to attending the National Trust/CAHP Conference, Heritage Rising, in October 2016, Chloe has also had the opportunity to do research and heritage policy analysis relating to Chedoke Estate, a site located on the Hamilton mountain. She has gained a new perspective through her enriched knowledge of cultural landscape theory, and will bring this experience to her third year internship at a private sector consulting firm.



Patrick Brown
2015-16 Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellow

Patrick is the recipient of the 2015-16 Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellow. He has a Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University and an Urban and Regional Planning GIS Technician Diploma from Mohawk College. Patrick has worked in Social Services for the past 10 years.

Patrick’s interests lie in the intersection between human stories and practices at both the collective and individual levels and how those stories and actions provide the intangible link to place. He is interested in how cultural landscape theory applies to the natural as well as the built urban form and how a greater understanding can contribute to a greater sense of place and open up dialogue about what is valued. Patrick’s research brings together social ecology and sustainable development with a cultural landscape approach and he will be focussing on cultural trauma and cultural regeneration during his fellowship.

Juliana Glassco

2014-15 Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellow

Juliana Glassco came to Willowbank via Virginia, Chicago, and Washington, DC. She studied anthropology and public history as an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary in Virginia and subsequently spent five years working in non-profit administration for environmental, social justice, and international aid organizations.

Since enrolling at Willowbank she has worked on projects at the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US-based), The L'Enfant Trust in Washington, DC, and Clinton Brown Company Architecture, where she was part of a team that compiled a National Historic District nomination for the Elmwood Village neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.

As the 2014-2015 Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellow she explored rural versus urban cultural landscapes, notably through a small artisan village in western Maryland and the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has lived and traveled all over and loves to explore and connect with places and people. All of these experiences, culminating in her Willowbank education and 3rd year internship at UNESCO's World Heritage Centre in Paris, have informed and enriched her take on the role of heritage within communities, from a localized scale to the international arena.