May 31 – June 1, 2019 (TBC)

Course Description

The ACE Heritage Conservation is a 2-day course for participants interested in the field of conservation. Building on Carleton’s international reputation in this field, this course will provide an overview of the process of decision making in conservation projects. Different case studies will be discussed by multidisciplinary experts to address topics including: evaluating heritage properties, digital documentation, repairing historical structures, and challenges in adaptive reuse.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course for their continuing education hours.

Anyone interested in gaining more in-depth knowledge in Heritage Conservation should apply for the more intensive Graduate Diploma in Architecture Conservation.


Course Dates and Time

Dates: May 31 – June 1, 2019 (TBC)
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Carleton University

The class size is limited to 30 people. You will have opportunities to network over coffee during each class.



$800 + HST



Registration will open when the dates are finalized. Please join our mailing list to receive a notification when registration opens.
We reserve the right to cancel the course and refund all paid registrations should the minimum number of registrations not be met.



This program is open to anyone interested in the field of Heritage Conservation. Please note that this is a non-credit course therefore no university credit would be earned.


Course Outline*

*Course schedule may be subject to change without notice.

Day 1:


Dr. Mariana Esponda

Heritage Conservation from Theory to Practice

There are different approaches to the concept of conservation, but recognizing architectural strategies which were used in the past and which ensured that the buildings are still used today could be one way to renew the value of traditional knowledge and to incorporate it into contemporary buildings.

Through different case studies you will learn basic concepts, guidelines, and methods currently being used to preserve and to make adaptive reuse compatible with the existing buildings. This class will address questions like: why conserve (values & statements of significance); how to conserve (minimal intervention, tangible and intangible heritage, cultural landscapes); historic research methods (sources: oral and documentary research) and the stages of a conservation project.

We will also discuss the designation and decision making process used by the city of Ottawa.

Day 1:



Laurie Smith

Heritage Policies, value and research

Policies: Looking at federal, provincial and local examples, we will consider how policies and legislation support or enforce heritage conservation. What types of protection are available? Who are the key actors in heritage conservation? What is the role of the provincial or federal governments in conservation of local sites?

Value: Using specific examples and lots of audience participation, we will consider how to understand heritage value. How does it differ from heritage attributes? Or character-defining elements? How do different levels of government define heritage value differently? What is the purpose of a Statement of Significance or a Statement of Cultural Heritage Value?

Research: Drawing from real-life examples, we will look at best practices for historical research for heritage sites. Why do we bother with historical research? What are the most important things to keep in mind when conducting historical research? What are the most useful sources for historical research of a heritage property?

Day 1:



Eric Jokinen Ing., P.Eng.

Conservation Engineering

This presentation will discuss the elements of conservation engineering under the main materials and components of historic structures. We will enumerate the controversial aspects of each topic and will solicit participants’ feedback on these topics at end of each section. References to real projects (mini case studies) will be interspersed throughout the session. Participants will be encouraged to share their conservation experiences at the same time.

The main topics will be:

  • What is a Conservation Engineer?
  • Masonry, Concrete, Metals, Wood, Technology
  • Why am I still practicing Conservation Engineering?
  • A wrap up with participants in a round table type format will be encouraged.
Day 2:



Dr. Mario Santana Quintero

Documentation, Representation and Recording Strategies

Recording the physical characteristics of historic structures and landscapes is a cornerstone of preventive maintenance, monitoring and conservation. The information produced by such work guides decision-making by property owners, site managers, public officials, and conservators. Rigorous documentation may also serve a broader purpose: over time, it becomes the primary means by which scholars and the public apprehend a site that has since changed radically or disappeared.

The proposed session has these learning outcomes:

  • Participants will be introduced to specific/consolidated recording techniques to document and therefore conserve built heritage sites with appropriate accuracy and in a relatively short period
  • Understand the relationship between recording and good conservation decision-making
  • Distinguish the strengths and limitations of particular heritage recording techniques
  • Demonstrate using a pilot project in collaboration with CIMS to accurately record and produce measured records for the conservation of built heritage


  • Introduction to Digital Workflows for Recording Historic Places
  • Tools: Digital Photography for Recording Historic Places
  • Tools: Total Station, Photogrammetry and 3D Scanning
  • Tools: Aerial Photogrammetry using UAVs • Other emerging technologies
Day 2:



Allan Teramura, Architect| FRAIC AIA


Conservation using Case Studies

We will explore the range of activities a conservation architect may lead. This will include the public engagement and consultation process used in the creation of a heritage conservation district, where public workshops and social media are employed to develop a deeper understanding of a cultural landscape.

Case Study:

Parliament Building in Ottawa: the seismic reinforcing and repair of two unreinforced masonry towers.

The Carleton Martello Tower: an 1812 era fortification in Saint John NB, which is suffering from severe water infiltration and deteriorated masonry. Much of the damage is caused by the 1941 installation of a Command Post, which was built quickly with minimal measures to prevent water infiltration. In addition, its mass is causing structural damage to the masonry of the Martello Tower. To preserve the Martello Tower, the Command Post must be removed. However, as the Command Post itself is considered to be an important part of Saint-John’s cultural landscape, the mandate of the project included its replacement with a “lightweight replica.” This raises questions of authenticity, as the character of the existing Command Post is derived in part from the massive concrete structure. The course will discuss how these issues were addressed. The existing structure required complete heritage recording, which was provided by Heritage Conservation Services of Public Services and Procurement Canada. WMTA utilized the data generate concept design construction documents, including deformation maps of the deteriorated masonry structure.

Day 2:


Jim Mountain

Preservation through Public Policy

This presentation will focus on approaches and case examples to heritage conservation that reflect opportunities to bring together the technical expertise of conservation professionals with communities (urban/rural/northern ) who care and are trying to do positive things with what they have. Often scarce resources, and economic and societal factors can put that heritage at risk.  This session will engage participants in reflecting on solutions, lessons learned and ideas for how to effectively conserve heritage in ways that contribute to sustaining places for the present and future.


Instructors Bios

Professor Mariana Esponda

Mariana Esponda is an Associate Professor in the Azrieli School of Architecture, and the coordinator of the Architectural Conservation and Sustainability program since 2008. She is a visiting professor in some European Universities and in North America. Following her training as an architect in Mexico she obtained a PhD in Architectural Conservation in 2004, at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain.

Dr. Esponda has been working on heritage buildings for the last 15 years to fully understand historical constructions and to allow a new life through contemporary use. Her projects include restoration on modernism historical facades, adaptive reuse and rehabilitation on existing structures.

As a teacher and a practicing conservation architect, she is dedicated to expanding knowledge and to train young generations about how to improve the quality of heritage buildings and to readapt these historical constructions with new uses and sustainable historical construction, all the while respecting the structure and traditional materials.

She is exploring a new line of investigation in Sustainable Heritage Conservation, balancing cultural and natural heritage, integrating environmental construction techniques, social and economic practices.

Laurie Smith, Heritage Consultant

Laurie Smith manages research programs in heritage conservation for Carleton Immersive Media Studio and NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering at Carleton University and serves as vice-chair of the Conservation Review Board under the Ontario Heritage Act. She has worked in heritage conservation and commemoration since 2000, specializing in historical research and heritage policy and planning. Ms. Smith has created hundreds of documents to assist in the identification, conservation and commemoration of built heritage and cultural heritage landscapes. She holds post-graduate and professional degrees in history and law and is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. For more information on Carleton Immersive Media Studio, see  For more information on the NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering Program, see

Eric Jokinen, Ing., P.Eng.

Eric Jokinen is director and sole proprietor of Jokinen Engineering Services founded in 1999, after a number of years with international consulting firms. He is responsible for all aspects of structural and conservation engineering.

Since graduating in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, Mr. Jokinen has gained more than 50 years of experience in the investigation, repair, renewal and upgrading of historic and contemporary structures. His expertise includes heritage conservation/conservation engineering, retrofit and seismic retrofit, structural design (retrofit and renovation) building envelope consulting and facilities management consulting.

He has been involved in heritage conservation and facility management consulting projects in the United States (including Puerto Rico), Barbados, St. Lucia, Bermuda, Nunavut and in many provinces across Canada.

Eric’s projects have included several of the buildings in the Parliamentary Precinct since 1994 such as the West Block Rehabilitation.  He has collaborated on major projects including the façade restoration of Confederation Building (NL), Province House (PEI) conservation and stabilization, the rehabilitation of Calgary City Hall (AB), Customs Building (Mtl, QC) and the Brockville Historic Railway Tunnel.

Eric is a licensed Professional Engineer in Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Alberta. He is also a member of the Association of Preservation Technologies (APTI) and the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP)

He is the author of Canadian Heritage Preservation, a text on structural engineering techniques for building conservation (Lone Pine Publishing) and numerous papers to professional bodies.

Professor Mario Santana-Quintero

Mario Santana-Quintero, is an assistant professor in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Carleton University. He is also the Director of the NSERC Create program “Engineering Students Supporting Heritage and Sustainability (HERITAGEENGINEERING)” based in the Carleton immersive Media Studio Lab (CIMS).

He has an architectural degree, holding a master in conservation of historic buildings and towns and a PhD in Engineering from the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven) where he is also a guest professor. These past years he has been teaching also at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico) and Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador).

In the past, he was a Professor at the University College, St Lieven, and lecturer at the University of Aachen RWTH and the Historic Preservation Programme at the University of Pennsylvania between 2006 and 2011. Along with his academic activities, he serves as ICOMOS Board member and he is the past president of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation (CIPA). Furthermore, he has collaborated in several international projects in the field of heritage documentation for UNESCO, The Getty Conservation Institute, ICCROM, World Monuments Fund, UNDP, Welfare Association, and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

Jim Mountain, Architect

Jim has over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of heritage, culture and community renewal. He is currently an Adjunct Professor, Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism and is Director of Regeneration Projects for the National Trust For Canada. With the National Trust’s Main Street and Heritage Regions programs, he helped establish Main Street projects across Western Canada, and “Regions” projects from Newfoundland and Labrador to Vancouver Island.

Jim served as Cultural Developer at the City of Ottawa – 2002-2014 –  where he assisted in developing the City’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture which received the City Manager’s Award of Excellence for Equity and Diversity. Prior to the City of Ottawa, Jim worked with Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd . From 1998 to 2014, he was  Sessional Lecturer with Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism on the subjects of heritage conservation and urban and rural sustainability.

In his current role at the National Trust, Jim works to develop and implement innovative arts, culture and heritage-led regeneration initiatives with urban and rural communities across Canada.

Allan Teramura, Architect | FRAIC AIA (Hon), FRAIA (Hon)

Allan Teramura graduated from Carleton University in 1990, receiving a degree with High Distinction, Research Thesis Prize, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal. Previously, he received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, where he received the University Gold Medal.

Allan Teramura worked in Vancouver with the firms Patkau Architects and Henriquez Partners Architects and Planners and later in Ottawa with Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects.

In 2001, Allan joined Watson MacEwen Architects as an Associate of the firm and was responsible for a wide range of projects. In 2009 he became a partner and Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects was established.

He has volunteered as a member of the City of Ottawa’s Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Com-mittee, and has served as an executive of the board of the Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. He is currently the RAIC President. Allan continues to be an active and voice in the city’s architectural community.

Allan has deep interest and considerable experience in heritage conservation issues. As a community advocate he was instrumental in the establishment of Canada’s first mid-century modern residential neighbourhood, Ottawa’s Briarcliffe Heritage Community District. Allan has been responsible for the restoration of the Tropical Greenhouse at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, the conservation of the Halifax Armoury, and ongoing work in the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts in Ottawa.

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