Students and staff returned from our Holiday break refreshed and well-rested for a jam packed winter term.
January saw first year classes in everything from building code reviews to design charettes, from metal conservation to heritage carpentry. The first years finished off January with a three year class from mason Carol Jackson, who had students laying bricks and stone and trying their hands at different pointing techniques.Second year students had are equally busy this semester as they finalize the statements of significance for their Conservation Management Plans (CMPs) and begin to pen their recommendations for the sites they are working on: the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Cave Springs Conservation Area and the East Seneca United Church. While managing the writing of their final CMP reports and presentations, second year students continue with classes which have included a Contemporary Layers and Design Aesthetics class with François Leblanc and Conservation in Developing Countries with Lori Anglin.
Lisa Prosper Departs as Willowbank Centre's Director Continues involvement in teaching and associate roles
Willowbank wishes to announce that Lisa Prosper will soon step down as Director of the Centre for Cultural Landscape. A champion for Willowbank, Lisa will continue in the roles of Centre Associate and Faculty Associate. The Centre's founding Director, Lisa has cultivated its voice in the conservation field over the past four years. She has been integral in defining Willowbank's approach to cultural landscapes, and in creating a dialogue with diverse audiences of theorists and practitioners. Her involvement in the School's diploma program has also made a lasting contribution to the curriculum. In leading the Centre, Lisa's accomplishments include convening public lectures in Queenston, Hamilton and Toronto; addressing audiences in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia; establishing a working partnership with the World Heritage Institute in Shanghai; contributing to publications; and, establishing a student fellowship in cultural landscape. Her contributions while at the Willowbank Centre were recently recognized in her election to the scientific committee on cultural landscapes of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's college of fellows. Lisa will be pursuing new opportunities in cultural landscapes within her areas of expertise at the intersections between nature, culture and indigenous perspectives. She will continue to inspire Willowbank's diploma students and broader audiences alike in her new teaching and associate roles. A search for the Centre's new leadership will be undertaken in 2016.
Lecture Series: Telling HeritageWillowbank's Centre is pleased to present the Winter Lecture series: Telling Heritage. Our theme this year centres on the stories we tell and how our heritage places are shaped by our cultural narratives. Our guest speakers will include: Keith Blades, Masonry Conservator; Dale Jarvis, Storyteller and Folklorist; Daniel Millette, Indigenous Architecture and Planning Specialist; Julian Smith, Architect and Dean of Faculty; Lee Maracle, Sto:Loh Storyteller and Author; and, Mark Laird, Landscape Architect and Conservator. Lectures will run throughout the winter term and tickets are $25 per lecture or $120 for all six.
Juliana Glassco: Notes from a Third Year Student InternOne of our third year students, Juliana Glassco, has been working at the UNESCO offices in Paris for her third year internship. This remarkable opportunity has provided Juliana with a first hand experience in the world of International Heritage. Juliana's experiences have covered projects relating to World Heritage property management and conservation; Historic Urban Landscape-based planning approaches, defining and identifying urban heritage, Heritage and Environmental Impact Assessments, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. While in Paris, Juliana has been fortunate to meet with both theorists and practitioners in the conservation fields including heritage architects, and traditional French stonemasons as well as attending the Annual Heritage Expo. On her list of must-dos before her tenure is up in Paris, is to visit the Chateau de Guedolon, a new castle that is being built using medieval construction techniques. Juliana came to Willowbank with a background in anthropology and public history and was our 2014-15 Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellow. She will be exploring the opportunities for remaining in Europe after her internship at UNESCO finishes in March.
Spotlight on Alumni: Ashleigh BellAshleigh Bell, Class of 2013, is currently with the Tourism & Culture division of the City of Hamilton where she coordinates capital projects on municipally-owned cultural facilities, museums and historic sites. Outside of her full-time position, Ashleigh is involved with a number of community and professional organizations, including the Hamilton Community Land Trust and the Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects, for which she has coordinated two educational series on conservation discourse. She also teaches Architecture in Canada and Architectural Styles courses with first years and Historic Interiors with second years in the Diploma program. Ashleigh came to Willowbank with a background in contemporary interior design. After a few years of working in commercial firms across Canada, she had become frustrated with common building practice, feeling that industrial consumerism and pop sensationalism all too often corrupts designers and builders to forget our fundamental human need for beauty in our environment. Ashleigh’s family roots in rural Nova Scotia have instilled in her a deep respect for historic places, traditional building crafts and architecture that exists in harmony with natural landscape. Her desire to focus on sustainable, conscious design that reflects these values led her to the Heritage Conservation program, which in turn has allowed her to finally integrate her personal philosophies with professional design and project management work.
- February 6, 5PM, Reif Hall, Telling Heritage Lecture Series "Masonry Conservation of Historic Buildings," with Keith Blades. $25 tickets.
- February 12, 5PM, Reif Hall, "Hidden Corners: Niagara", independent film screening by Owen Bjorgan, a film about Conservation, Community and Camaraderie in Canada's most biodiverse region.
- February 21, 5PM, Reif Hall, Telling Heritage Lecture Series, "Safeguarding our living heritage: Notes from Newfoundland and Labrador," with Dale Jarvis. $25 tickets.
- February 26, 7PM, Reif Hall,, Telling Heritage Lecture Series, "Cultural Resiliency Through Architecture: On the Indigenous Built Landscape," with Daniel Millette. $25 tickets.
- February 27, 6PM-9PM Opening Event, Lower Campus (Former Laura Secord School), Raw and Reimagined: Photo Exhibition. Exhibition runs February 29 -March 4 from 10AM-8PM, and March 5, 1PM-4PM.
- March 5, 5PM, Reif Hall, Telling Heritage Lecture Series, "Crafting Stories and Places," with Julian Smith. $25 Tickets.
- March 28, 7PM, Reif Hall, Telling Heritage Lecture Series, "Recalling what we were tricked into forgetting: confederation and colonization of our memories" with Lee Maracle, book signing to follow. $25 Tickets.
- March 30, 5PM, Reif Hall, Telling Heritage Lecture Series, "Before and After A Natural History of English Gardening: Revisiting a revisionist history of the picturesque" with Mark Laird, book signing to follow. $25 Tickets.
- April 2, 2016, 12-4PM, Willowbank Open House - Tell your friends, come for a tour, see what we do!