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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Visits Willowbank


On Wednesday, June 10, Willowbank welcomed Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt, 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to Queenston.

Her Honour participated in a multi-faceted programme, engaging with a broad cross-section of students, graduates, faculty associates and board members.

In a roundtable discussion, the Lieutenant Governor was introduced to the student experience, cultural landscape and to Willowbank's reach in Ontario and the world.

In a tour of the estate house, workshops, lower campus and grounds, Her Honour spoke one-on-one with a range of students and graduates about their emerging careers.

The tour also gave orientation to the dynamic layers of the National Historic Site which Willowbank inhabits.

A selection of hands-on activities were in progress, including glazing, carpentry and drafting, demonstrating the balance of skills and theory in the Willowbank three-year diploma.

The programme proved an uplifting experience for the Willowbank community, full of meaningful exchanges with an accomplished Lieutenant Governor who has made vital contributions to initiatives that integrate environmental, economic, social, educational and cultural concerns.

The occasion to welcome the Lieutenant Governor, The Queen's representative in Ontario, is an important example of the dialogue made possible through the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales granted to Willowbank in 2014.

Willowbank Remembers Susan Buggey

Susan BuggeySusan Buggey had a long and committed interest in cultural landscapes. As former Director of Historical Services at Parks Canada, she played a key role in developing the concept of cultural landscapes within the Historic Sites program. Susan also participated in UNESCO’s international expert meetings to develop guidelines for the inclusion of cultural landscape on to the World Heritage List. World Heritage continued to hold strong interest for her and she remained active in this area until very recently. Over the course of her career, she published widely on cultural landscapes, but was perhaps most closely associated with her research and writing on the topic of Aboriginal cultural landscapes. Susan made a significant contribution to the development of the concept, along with the notion of associative values of cultural landscapes. She also taught historic landscape conservation and cultural landscapes at the Universities of Manitoba and Victoria. Following retirement from Parks Canada she was the Adjunct Professor in the School of Landscape Architecture at the Université de Montréal. Susan was also a founder of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation and a fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology. She was actively engaged for more than 35 years in national and international organizations related to heritage conservation including the ICOMOS/IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and a working group of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. Susan was a great friend to Willowbank and it was through her generous gift to the school two years ago that we are able to encourage students interested in cultural landscapes by providing financial assistance through the Susan Buggey Cultural Landscape Fellowship. Although I only met her briefly, Susan's generosity and bright spirit influenced my path into the heritage field, and I am so grateful for that. Her contribution to Willowbank's fellowship grants encouraged me to go deeper into understanding cultural landscape theory, and her work has been a clear guide to Canada's unique cultural landscape perspective. Upon meeting her, I felt her genuine interest in emerging work and was instantly inspired by her kindness and humble curiosity. - Angela Garvey - Susan Buggey Fellow 2013


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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