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Willowbank’s Julian Smith named to Order of Canada

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Willowbank Centre director Julian Smith named to Order of Canada

 Queenston, Ontario, Canada – December 30, 2016

Willowbank is pleased to announce that Julian Smith, Director of the Willowbank Centre, was today named a Member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. He is among 100 new appointments to one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, recognizing outstanding achievement, community dedication and service to the nation.

The announcement comes during the 10th anniversary in 2016-17 of Willowbank, which Julian has been instrumental in establishing as Executive Director from 2008-2014 and currently as Director of the Willowbank Centre. The more than 50 diploma graduates he has mentored to date have become leaders across a range of careers from skilled trades to design firms to community development. A world-renowned architect, scholar, conservator and educator, Julian’s dynamic career has involved culturally-significant places across Canada, the U.S., France, Italy, India, Sri Lanka and Japan.

“Julian has been fundamental in shaping Willowbank’s unique curriculum in apprenticeship and theoretical learning,” said Crystal Bossio, Executive Director of Willowbank, “he has touched many hearts and minds with his vision for a more sustainable future and we are delighted at this news”.

Julian’s remarkable career includes leading conservation projects at Canada’s Vimy Monument in France, Ottawa’s ByWard Market and Aberdeen Pavilion, Queen’s Park in Toronto, and an historic college in south India. He has also been influential in developing conservation policies worldwide, for federal and provincial agencies in Canada, and through international cultural bodies such as UNESCO, for which he led a North American report on culture, heritage and urban sustainability in his capacity at Willowbank, informing the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. In August, Julian featured on CBC Radio One’s “Ideas” as part of a Willowbank panel on nature and culture.

Willowbank is a non-profit advanced educational institution based on a National Historic Site on the Canada-U.S. border in Queenston, Ontario. Its interdisciplinary approach to heritage conservation balances skills with theory, raising leaders able to integrate sustainable development, traditional knowledge and contemporary design. This entirely new approach to learning is complemented by the work of the Willowbank Centre to understand the complex connections between natural and cultural heritage. Its Royal Patron is His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who met Julian at a roundtable of urban designers, planners, developers and civic leaders on The Prince’s last visit to Canada in 2014.

Created in 1967, close to 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Appointments are made by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. Julian will be invited to accept his insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

The official announcement is available at www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=16670&lan=eng

More information is available in Willowbank’s Annual Report published this month at www.willowbank.ca/wpdir/annual-report-2015-16.

CONTACT
Crystal Bossio
Executive Director, Willowbank
crystal.bossio@willowbank.ca
905-262-1239 ext. 205

Download a copy of the News Release: Willowbank_News Release_2016-12-30


Julian Smith in Toronto’s Union Station, 2016 (Credit: Jonathan Castellino)


Julian Smith with students at Willowbank in Queenston, Ontario, 2012 (Credit: Cosmo Condina)

INTBAU Press Release

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Willowbank becomes the Canadian home of INTBAU, worldwide organization in building, architecture and urbanism

Queenston, Ontario, Canada – November 10, 2016

Willowbank is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement to host the Canada Chapter of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), a global network of 5,600 individuals and institutions who support tradition in architecture, building and urban design. The two charitable organizations share His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as their Patron.

The announcement comes during the 10th anniversary year of Willowbank, and as INTBAU prepares to host its World Congress on November 14-15 in London, UK, a biennial forum to discuss and debate pressing issues facing the built environment in communities around the world, this year exploring the future of cities and the wide-ranging impact of rapid urbanization on how and where we live.

“Becoming home to INTBAU in Canada will allow Willowbank a new outlet for dialogue around sustainable building practices, urban development and traditional architecture,” said Crystal Bossio, Executive Director of Willowbank, “as an institution we are dedicated to fostering discussion about how communities can learn from our past to make a more sustainable future – the agreement with INTBAU recognizes that Willowbank has become a key centre for these vital conversations in Canada.”

“We are thrilled that Willowbank will host the INTBAU Canada Chapter,” said Harriet Wennberg, Senior Manager of INTBAU, “it builds on the existing partnership between Willowbank and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, our sister charity. Willowbank will give a centre and greater dynamism to the INTBAU network in a Canadian context, while its work and students will gain increased international recognition as part of a global network. We are looking forward to working together towards our shared goals of building better places through the continuity of skills and traditions.”

Willowbank is an advanced educational institution on the Canada-U.S. border in Queenston, Ontario, founded in 2006. Its interdisciplinary approach to heritage conservation, balancing both skills and theory, is generating leaders able to integrate sustainable development, traditional knowledge and contemporary design. This entirely new approach to learning is complemented by the work of the Willowbank Centre for Cultural Landscape to understand the complex connections between natural and cultural heritage. The institution has also given dynamic new purpose to one of Canada’s National Historic Sites, the heart of Willowbank’s campus, and one of the world’s most unique classrooms.

Founded in the UK in 2001, INTBAU now has 27 national chapters. Each chapter focuses on local building traditions and architecture as well as the localized issues of rapid urban development. Each chapter defines its own activities. The Canadian Chapter was established in 2007, and has had great success through regional chapters. Willowbank will be engaging with INTBAU’s members across Canada following the agreement and will be announcing a series of joint educational opportunities in member cities in Spring 2017. Willowbank celebrated its announcement with a trip to Guelph this past Monday, where Willowbank students visited local historic buildings and hosted a discussion with the Guelph INTBAU chapter.

The INTBAU announcement will be available here: www.intbau.org/willowbank-host-intbau-canada CONTACTS

Crystal Bossio Executive Director, Willowbank crystal.bossio@willowbank.ca 905-262-1239 ext. 205

Harriet Wennberg Senior Manager, INTBAU harriet.wennberg@intbau.org +44 (0)20 7613 8578

More information about Willowbank is available at willowbank.ca, and more about INTBAU at www.intbau.org.