May 31 – June 1, 2019

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ACE Heritage Conservation

Working on heritage projects involve many facets which can be challenging. Building on Carleton University’s international reputation in Heritage Conservation, this 2-day course will cover the architectural & engineering design, planning, policy, and community engagement needed to undertake a successful conservation project. Using case studies, a multidisciplinary team of subject area experts will address topics such as heritage values and policies, heritage property evaluation, digital documentation strategies, repairing historical structures, approaches to adaptive reuse, etc.

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

Who should take this course?

  • Architects, engineers, planners, etc. whose projects involve historical or existing buildings, or work with teams that include conservation professionals and need to acquire an understanding of the decision making process.
  • City and public sector employees who want to be effective in evaluating proposals and applying policies involving heritage conservation projects and activities.
  • All other professionals and the general public interested in understanding the world of heritage conservation including tangible and intangible heritage values, tools and methods used for conservation and adaptive reuse, heritage designations process, and public policy surrounding preservation.

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

This course was extremely valuable for me and my work. I really appreciated all the speakers and look forward to any additional courses available.

ACE Heritage Conservation course participant, 2018

Top 3 Reasons to Register

  • Gain the knowledge and tools to help you excel in conservation projects and earn 12.5hrs Continuing Education / professional development hours.
  • Access to a diverse range of experts in the heritage conservation field.
  • Network with other professionals working in this field. Small class size allows for maximum opportunity for interactions.

I was great to connect with other professionals in this field and expand my network… I have a new job lined up now in this field. Thanks for the opportunity!

ACE Heritage Conservation course participant, 2017

Course Dates and Time

Dates: May 31 – June 1, 2019
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.


Early Bird (before April 30) : $750 + HST

After April 30 : $825 + HST

Lunch, coffee and morning snacks will be provided.


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We reserve the right to cancel the course and refund all paid registrations should the minimum number of registrations not be met.

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This program is open to anyone interested in the field of Heritage Conservation. You do not need to have a background in conservation to participate.

Please note that this is a non-credit course therefore no university credit would be earned. Only continuing education or professional development hours will be earned.

Course Outline*

*Course schedule may be subject to change without notice.

Day 1:

Heritage Conservation from Theory to Practice
Instructor: Dr. Mariana Esponda

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.

Heritage legislation, value and research
Instructor: Hilary Grant

This will serve as an introduction to Canada’s legislated heritage system.

Policy: 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 the conservation of local sites?

Value: Understanding value is often considered the backbone of conservation work, but how can we understand heritage value? How do different levels of government define heritage value differently? How does it differ from heritage attributes? Or character-defining elements? 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 surrounding researching heritage sites. Why do we bother with research? What are the most important things to keep in mind when conducting research? What are the most useful sources for researching heritage properties?

Documentation, Representation and Recording Strategies
Instructor: Dr. Mario Santana Quintero

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

Structural performance in Conservation
Instructor: Lyse Blanchet, P.Eng

Wooden structures are an understudied and often misunderstood. However, in order to build successfully and sustainably, it is becoming increasingly important for architects, engineers, and heritage professionals alike to understand nature and natural materials. Especially for heritage conservation, additional training is required beyond industry standards to ensure that historic buildings are being addressed properly. Historic wood is unique, and needs to be both recognized and respected in order to understand the construction techniques, evolving values, and local traditions which contribute to its heritage properties.

This lecture will allow participants to acquire a better understanding of historic wooden structures performance, including forms of observation, analysis and demonstrations of non-destructive assessment techniques. Non-destructive techniques are an important way to resolve uncertainties in a wooden structure. These techniques could include optical, physical, electrical, biological, biochemical, acoustic, or electromagnetic testing.  Through different case studies Blanchet will describe an important philosophy for working with wood buildings ‘if you move slowly, you go much faster’ – emphasizing the value in taking time for adequate planning and understanding before making any moves, thus avoiding mistakes and streamlining the process on the whole. 


  • Learn how important is to identify wood species, understanding historic materials, visual inspection, confirming compatibility, and recognizing when you don’t have enough knowledge regarding a certain subject and require the expertise of another professional. 
  • Better understanding on non-destructive techniques to get a full picture of how the wooden structure functions. 

Day 2:

Conservation using Case Studies
Instructor: Allan Teramura, Architect | OAA AANB, FRAIC

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:

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.

Preservation through Public Policy
Instructor: Jim Mountain

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.

Conservation Engineering
Instructor: John Cooke, P.Eng., RSW, FCSC, CAHP

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.

All presenters were very knowledgeable and engaging. I learned a lot …. Overall I was very satisfied and glad to have attended.

ACE Heritage Conservation course participant, 2018

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.

Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant has dedicated herself exclusively to working in the public and non-profit heritage sector, working for national and international agencies and organizations such as Parks Canada, the National Capital Commission, the National Trust for Canada and UNESCO. In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honors in History and Theory of Architecture, winning the Medal in Arts. In 2013, she graduated with a Master of Philosophy in Archaeological Heritage and Museums from the University of Cambridge. She is currently a doctoral student in Carleton University’s Cultural Mediations Program in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture.

Hilary has won a number of awards including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Both her heritage and architectural history research has been published in the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (2012) and the International Journal of Heritage Studies (2018). Most recently she has co-authored a chapter in the edited volume Politics of Scale: New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies (2019). She is Vice President Conferences of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.

John Cooke, P.Eng., RSW, FCSC, CAHP

John Cooke is a Senior Conservation Engineer and became a Partner and President of John G. Cooke & Associates Ltd. in 1992. Prior to that, his career has taken him from Ireland to Calgary and later to Toronto. He has extensive experience with building envelope conservation, historic structure rehabilitation and educational facility conventions. His organizational and managerial competency can be demonstrated by his ability to keep past projects within budget, complete them on time and to the satisfaction of the client.

His career has been distinguished by numerous awards and honorary appointments including the presidency of Construction Specifications Canada in 2006/07. John collaborated with CSA A179 sub-committee to expand Annex A and D to better address the issue of Historic Mortars. He is a Past President of Construction Specifications Canada, and has been conferred with a Fellowship in 2008. He shares his knowledge with the faculty of the Azrieli School of Architecture at Carleton University, Ottawa, where he has taught a post graduate course on Historic Masonry Conservation. In 2008, he was the private sector engineer chosen to carry out a review of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, 2nd ed. , as published by Parks Canada.


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 (HERITAGE ENGINEERING), 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, Adjunct Professor

Jim Mountain 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 | OAA AANB, FRAIC

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 Committee, and has served as an executive of the board of the Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. In 2017 he was President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, where he established the Indigenous Task Force. Allan continues to be an active and voice in the architectural community, publishing articles in the Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizen.

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.

 Lyse Blanchet, M. Sc., PEng. 

Lyse Blanchet is a Structural Engineer with a Master Degree in Wood Science and Technology, and postgraduate studies in the conservation of built heritage. She has over thirty years of experience in the heritage conservation field including twenty eight years with Heritage Conservation Services (HCS) for Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) as senior structural engineer advisor, and now as National Heritage Coordinator.

Lyse has been in touch with evolving national and international heritage conservation practices; and more specifically, she has been involved with education and training in wood science and technology and with the development and applicability of codes, guidelines and standards. Led research projects: NDT for Wood; Modelling Traditional Timber Joints; New Approach for the Condition Assessment of Historic Timber Structures. She has been involved in numerous Design and Construction Projects across Canada as Project Team Leader, Design Manager, and Senior Quality Reviewer.

Lyse is a member of the ICOMOS, the ICOMOS International Committee on Wood, the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and the Association for Preservation Technology International. She is the president of the ICOMOS International Committee on Training. Lyse delivers a five-day course at Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, on the Structural Aspects of Cultural Heritage, since 2009; and delivered a Wood Workshop at the APT Workshop in 2017 on Wood Properties and in 2018 on NDT for Wood. 

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