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HRH The Prince of Wales

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Queenston, Ontario, Canada – May 21, 2014

The Prince of Wales becomes Royal Patron of Willowbank

The Willowbank School of Restoration Arts is honoured to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed to become its new Royal Patron. The announcement was made on the occasion of The Prince’s 17th visit to Canada. Willowbank, situated on the Canada-U.S border near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, delivers post-secondary education in the crafting of new futures for old places. More....


WILLOWBANK NAMED 'MOST INNOVATIVE laboratory school in Canada' by Spacing Magazine spacings

The Fall 2013 edition of Spacing national magazine on Education and Urbanism has named Willowbank 'one of the most innovative "laboratories" in Canada'.

In a section called:

8 Amazing 'Real-World' Urbanism Laboratories

Going above and beyond traditional research centre, "urban labs" are bridging the divide between theoretical and real-world urbanism. These practical classes attempt to harness academic and institutional knowledge and put it to practical use in local communities. Over the past decade, urban labs have sprouted in cities across the globe. Here's a look at some of the most exciting urban lab projects in Canadian schools.

Willowbank: School of Restoration Arts

Based near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Willowbank's School of Restoration Arts is one of the most innovative "laboratories" in Canada. Taking a cross-disciplinary and holistic approach to heritage conservation, the school attempts to teach its diploma students in design, conservation theory, and craft skills. While semi-rural Niagara doesn't exactly stand out for its urbanity, the academics at Willowbank are extremely contextual: all craft skills are practivied on the physical school itself, an 1830's Greek Revival mansion built for nation-builder Alexander Hamilton. It also happens to be a National Historic Site. The school accepts an assortment of students, with backgrounds ranging from high school to trade school to PhDs.

Others listed:

UBC: Vancouver Planning Laboratory University of Calgary: Urban Lab George Brown: Institute Without Boundaries Dalhousie University: Transportation Collaboratory McGill: Making Megaprojects Work for Communities University of Toronto: Neighbourhood Change York University: Hip Hop and the City

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Willowbank Names New Board Chair

Dr. Christina Cameron Brings Experience At UNESCO, Parks Canada To Key Role For School
ChristinaCameronWillowbank’s Board of Directors has chosen Dr. Christina Cameron as its next Chair, effective September 20, 2013. Dr. Cameron is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage at the Université de Montréal, where she directs a research program on heritage conservation as well as international workshops on current issues in the field. She previously served as a heritage executive with Parks Canada for more than 35 years, and internationally she has been active in the intellectual development of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO. “I’m pleased to continue my work with the Willowbank Board. Our School of Restoration Arts and Centre for Cultural Landscape is unsurpassed. Willowbank makes a unique contribution to world cultural heritage, and there’s a lot to look forward to,” Dr. Cameron said. In July, Willowbank signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai-based World Heritage Institute to share information and advice. In addition to already serving on Willowbank’s Board as a Director, Dr. Cameron has twice chaired Willowbank’s World Heritage Committee. She holds an M.A. from Brown University in Providence, R.I. (1970) and a Ph.D. in architectural history from Université Laval in Québec City (1983). In March 2008 Dr. Cameron received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada, the country's highest recognition for public service. Dr. Cameron succeeds outgoing chair Vikki Urban Broer of Bratenahl, Ohio, who is active in planning and is a descendant of the Bright family, which owned the Willowbank Estate for nearly 30 years. This summer Willowbank held its highly successful Stone Festival and also conducted a successful overseas program for students at a medieval village in northern Italy. Willowbank’s staff and students are also engaged in research and recommendations for Toronto’s Kensington Market.