Willowbank’s extraordinary graduates are a direct result of our extraordinary faculty associates. Our faculty are drawn from the best heritage and design practitioners. They come from across the professional spectrum — the private sector and the government sector; from academia and the work site; and from around the country and around the world. Our faculty associates provide both immediate skills development and the opportunity for ongoing professional networking post-graduation.
Victoria Angel, is Senior Heritage Planner with ERA Architects in Toronto. Victoria has worked for Parks Canada, where she led the development of the Canadian Register of Historic Places and subsequently worked as the Manager of the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office(FHBRO). She has taught heritage conservation at Carleton University, where she is an Adjunct Professor, and at the University of Victoria. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Heritage Conservation, both from Carleton University.
is a cultural resource planner and architectural conservator. She works internationally for multilateral agencies, government and consultancies. Her interdisciplinary skills enable cross cutting work in tourism, conservation and development, with projects centred in developing economies. Lori has obtained degrees in Canada, University of Waterloo, B. Env. Studies, Urban and Regional Planning) and Australia, University of Sydney, M. Sc., (Architecture)(Conservation). Her Willowbank sessions are a part of the second year program, introducing students to conservation management planning and World Heritage Site practices.
Danny Barber is a Banker Mason. He started his career in stonework at his family’s monument business working under his grandfather and father. He studied int the U.K. as an Architectural stone carver earning his Higher National Certificate and the National Vocational Qualification Level 3 in Architectural carving and Restoration. His company, Smith & Barber Sculpture Atelier Inc. is based in Ottawa and founded the Canadian Stone Carving Festival.
Ashleigh Bell, graduated with the Willowbank class of 2013 and currently holds a position with the Tourism & Culture division of the City of Hamilton, coordinating capital projects on municipally-owned cultural facilities, museums and historic sites. She 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. Ashleigh attended OCAD and has a background in Interior Design. She currently teaches Architecture in Canada and Architectural Styles courses with first years in the Diploma program and Historic Interiors with second years.
Keith Blades is known nationally and internationally as Canada’s leading masonry conservation consultant, and has worked extensively on Parliament Hill and other nationally-significant sites. He has also taught at major preservation centres both in Canada and abroad. He combines an intimate understanding of both theory and practice in the field. Keith has an MA Conservation Studies from the University of York, England.
Lyse Blanchet, is an engineer with an MA in Wood Science and Technology from Laval University. Lyse has over 20 years of experience in the Conservation of historic structures. Her specialties are developing specialized training and R&D Projects for traditional materials, including "Modelling of Traditional Timber Joints" and the "Evaluation of NDT for Wood”. She has coordinated national projects such as the "Development and Update of the National Master Specifications in Conservation", “Guidelines for the use of Mortars in Historic Structures and Buildings” and the "Establishment of the Life Cycle and Risk Assessment of Historic Timber Structures”. She is a project leader and an accomplished lecturer with attendance at International conferences on timber engineering and on timber structures conservation.
Ed Bowkett specializes in metals conservation. Ed graduated from the Art Conservation Techniques Program at Sir Sanford Fleming College, Peterborough, Ont. Ed’s company, Bowkett & Co. has served many institutional and private clients in the Montreal - Toronto corridor. Ed has provided both hands-on conservation as well as consultation services to The Canadian War Museum, Canadian Conservation Institute, Public Works & Government Services Canada, Parliamentary Precinct Directorate, The Canada Science & Technology Museum, Fulford Place-Brockville, and various other heritage sites across Canada. Ed has supervised the daily efforts of student interns on placement from Sir Sanford Fleming College; attends several institutions as a guest lecturer; and periodically guest hosts a CBC phone in show on preservation of antiquities.
Jonathan Castellino, Photographer urban explorer and writer, Jonathan documents urban decay in the cities he loves. Officially trained in philosophy and urban sociology, Jonathan seeks to reveal unseen space through his photography.
Cosmo Condina, is a photographer who specializes in travel imagery and emphasizes details of light, colour and subject matter. He published a commemorative book: Niagara at War 1812 for the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and he provided the photography for the limited edition reprinting of Early Architecture of the Town and Township of Niagara by Peter J. Stokes.
Craig has been a faculty associate at Willowbank since 2013. His educational background combines extensive experience in teaching in architecture, sustainability, heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, urban design, master planning, interior design, building science, and construction.
Christa Deacy-Quinn holds a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in Anthropology and Museum Studies from SUNY-Oswego. She has been in the museum field for over twenty-five years and has served as the Collections Manager at the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign since 1991. As Collections Manager, Christa specializes in collections care and preservation, artifact storage, packaging, transport, exhibit design, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
She is a strong advocate for low-chemical, low-cost IPM solutions. She has conducted preservation-focused workshops that address IPM and has consulted with numerous institutions on developing or expanding their IPM programs. She has designed a number of databases in use at the Spurlock, including those that help staff to track the occurrence of pests within the museum and that monitor the general condition of the artifacts. She is a Certified Technician for General Use Pesticides in Illinois and a Certified Mold Remediation Worker.
She is active in the field of preservation serving as a Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program for the American Association of Museums and as a member of the Preservation Working Group at the University of Illinois. Christa is an instructor at the International Preservation Studies Center. In addition, since 2010 she teaches in the Museum Studies program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has, on a bi-annual basis, taught MUSE 420: Collections Management- Preserving the Physical Integrity of Museum Collections.
Annette Dearling-Manchester is an advocate for sustainability and green building practices and is a designer with over 20 years of experience. Annette has a Diploma in Architectural Technology and a Bachelor Degree in Interior Design and is a LEED Green Associate. Annette teaches technical and design studies at Niagara College and Sheridan College. She also provides
private design consultation.
Marc Denhez, is a lawyer, author and adjudicator with 30 years of experience in the planning and legal frameworks surrounding built, natural and intangible heritage. He has advised on legal policy, governance and drafting on related topics, in ten provinces, over a dozen countries, and at UNESCO. He served as a Commissioner of the National Capital Commission, and chaired a national task force on capacity-building for the residential renovation industry He has taught at four universities, and lectured at another thirty in North America and Europe. He is currently an adjudicator for the Ontario Municipal Board.
Lynne DiStefano, co-founded the Hong Kong University Architectural Conservation Programme and served as its Director from 2003-2005. She was previously a tenured professor at the University of Western Ontario, as well as Chief Curator of Museum London in Ontario, Canada. Lynne has been involved through UNESCO and ICOMOS as a World Heritage Advisor and with the planning and monitoring of numerous Asian world heritage sites, including: Vigan World Heritage Site in the Phillipines, China’s Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, China’s “Fujian Tulou”, South Korea’s “Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong”, “Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras,” and in Laos on the “Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape”.
Johnny Doran is principal at Acanthus Heritage Plastering. Johnny apprenticed in plastering in Ireland. He focuses on the restoration and repair of plaster surfaces in residential and public heritage buildings, including Dundurn Castle, Ancaster Town Hall and the Sharon Temple. He works with both ornamental and flat plaster surfaces. Johnny works with a variety of lime mortars, incorporating historical recipes into his plastering mixes.
Nicholas Fairplay is a master stone carver with over 40 years of experience in stone and marble sculpture and ornament. He has worked on key elements of some of the great buildings in the UK and the U.S including Westminster Abbey. Trained in Europe, Nicholas has experience in the design, drawing and fabrication of museum quality sculpture in classical styles.
Sean Fraser has an academic background in archaeology, architecture and conservation. He has worked internationally in the field of cultural and natural heritage resource management for 25 years. He is the Director of Heritage Programs and Operations at the Ontario Heritage Trust, and lectures on sustainability, adaptive re-use, conservation theory and heritage planning.
Walter Furlan, Walter is a Willowbank graduate, with 30 years of experience in joinery, design and fabrication. His area of focus is the conservation of historic fabric, particularly windows, doors and other wood elements, through consultation and hands-on conservation. He endeavours to bring Willowbank’s cultural landscape philosophy and approach to his heritage conservation practice, which he runs out of his storefront shop in Hamilton’s north end. Walter’s projects have included: Auchmar House in Hamilton, the Leacock Museum in Orillia, Gore Mutual Insurance Building in Cambridge. Walter also sits on the Municipal Heritage Committee in Hamilton.
Jason Gibson, is the founder of Gibson Timber Frames in Perth, Ontario. Jason has been building and restoring timber frames in Eastern Ontario for the last 12 years.
Philip Hoad is a construction project manager and heritage consultant who has specializes in heritage roofing materials. Philip has worked for the City of Hamilton, was the Principal for Applied Roof Technology, and is currently the President of Empire Restoration Inc. His projects have included Laurier House in Ottawa, Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, and the Louisbourg Fortress in Nova Scotia.
Megan Hobson is an architectural historian with interests in 18th, 19th and 20th century Canadian Architecture and Landscape. She has been involved as Project Historian in a number of Conservation Plans for Canadian and international projects. She has published and lectured on topics in Canadian Architectural History and works as a free-lance consultant for several architectural and planning offices. Megan is a trained Architectural Historian (MA University Toronto) and a Heritage Conservationist (Willowbank 2011).
Carol Jackson is a Banker Mason trained at Algonquin College at their Perth Campus in Heritage and Traditional Masonry. Carol works mainly in residential and small institutions as a restoration mason, in brick, stone and even plaster. Carol became affiliated with Willowbank when she worked on the stabilization of our Southwest Wall [link to Conservation Projects- SWWall].
Lloyd Johnston is a blacksmith with over 40 years of experience. Trained as an Electrical Engineer, Johnston was drawn to the hands-on work of blacksmith and never looked back. Lloyd teaches blacksmithing, and works on heritage sites to reproduce missing elements and repair existing iron artifacts and architectural features. He co-founded the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association in 1982, which has kept the craft of blacksmithing alive in Ontario.
Mark Laird is a landscape architect, conservator, teacher, historian and author. Mark teaches Landscape History at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Mark has numerous publications, his books include: Mrs. Delany and Her Circle, A Natural History of English Gardening: 1650-1800, The Formal Garden: Traditions of Art and Nature and The Flowering of the Landscape Garden: English Pleasure Grounds, 1720-1800.
Francois Leblanc is past Director of Field Projects, Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Francois began as an architectural conservator with Parks Canada, and then became Director of the ICOMOS Secretariat in Paris. He returned to Canada to direct the Main Street Program at Heritage Canada, and was also Chief Architect for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. He has dealt with cultural heritage issues at the national and international level throughout a distinguished career, and has helped pioneer a dynamic approach that includes appropriate contemporary interventions.
Lori Lemare is a professional commercial decorative painter and teacher with experience in large scale commercial and residential surface design. Having initially studied decorative painting in Poole, England, Lori co-founded the first school for decorative painting in Canada in 1989 (Applied School for Decorative Painting and Ritins Studio Inc.) Since 2000, Le Mare has operated Lori Le Mare Studio Inc. with classes and projects held in Hamilton Ontario and around the world (USA, China, Spain and Italy).
Douglas McCalla is a Historian and Professor of History. His focus is on rural Canadian history and Canadian economic and social history. Doug has publish numerous works including his most recent book: “Consumers in the Bush: Shopping in Rural Upper Canada.” He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph.
Dean McLellan, is a professional member and certified instructor of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. His work has taken him across North America and into the United Kingdom. He has taught dry stone walling courses both here and overseas. He is currently working his way towards his Masters certificate with the association in the UK. His specialty beyond walls is the creation of complete dry stone buildings having built the only known three in recent times.He is passionate about the craft and about ensuring that it lives on well past the lifespans of the thousands of students he has taught.
Thomas Neumeyer is a stone mason and stone conservator. From Canada originally, Thomas’ conservation practise: Neumeyer Stone and Sculpting is based in Denmark. Thomas was trained by his father, Per Neumeyer, a stone carver who worked on many historic sites in Ontario.
Donovan Pauly is a Conservator and Project Coordinator at Clifford Restoration in Toronto. Donovan trained at the Algonquin Perth Campus in Heritage and Traditional masonry, and went on to receive a Msc in Architectural materials conservation from Bournemouth University in the UK. Donovan specializes in masonry conservation.
Stephanie Porto, is a private conservator. She holds a BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a MA & CAS from Buffalo State College. Before starting her own art conservation practice: Niagara Art Conservation, Stephanie worked at world-renowned institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. She is a member of the Canadian Association for Conservation, the International Institute of Conservation, and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).
Christophe Rivet has over 20 years of practice in heritage conservation as an archaeologist, planner, and policy advisor, and brings a diversity of experiences from across Canada and the world. He worked for many years for Parks Canada, leading multi-disciplinary projects at national historic sites and national parks as well as developing pan-Canadian conservation standards for archaeological sites. He has also been actively involved in World Heritage matters, leading a successful nomination proposal and advising on projects including in Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Christophe joined Environment Canada where he was responsible for building relations with provincial governments, NGOs, academia and industry for the department in Atlantic Canada. Christophe has extensive hands on experience working with communities, various levels of government and First Nations. In 2015, he launched Cultural Spaces Consulting, a firm dedicated to providing strategic advice on protected heritage areas by delivering reports, plans, and recommendations to national, provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous governments in Canada and abroad. In addition to his professional experience, Christophe has been involved with non-governmental organizations for many years, most notably with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Since 1997, he has held various positions within the organization, including as secretary of its international scientific committee on archaeological heritage management and vice-president of the national committee. He has contributed to World Heritage evaluations including on site visits. He has been President of ICOMOS Canada since 2015 and contributed to the transformation of the organization to focus on cultural landscapes, Indigenous heritage and climate change. He has given numerous conferences on heritage related topics and has been invited to lecture at universities. He holds a doctorate from the University of Leicester, a master's degree in heritage conservation from the Université de Montréal, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology/ archaeology from McGill University.
Nikolay Savov is a third generation craftsman. Graduated from a Specialized Arts and Crafts School in Bulgaria, Europe in fine woodworking, carving and wood-turning. He has been exhibiting his art pieces in galleries in Bulgaria, Romania, Finland, and Canada. His major projects include restoration and conservation of buildings and furniture in Dvoreca, Bulgaria and sites in Bucharest, Romania, wood carved iconostasis, and the project Kalevala. Currently, following his passion for preserving cultural and heritage buildings, Nikolay works at Heritage Grade, Ottawa.
Member of The Chamber of art and crafts, Bulgaria and Kalevala Seura, Finland.