Saving the Lived Message

Jill Taylor, Taylor Hazell Architects, Toronto

Friday, April 26, 2019 6:00 pm

Paterson Hall,  PA 303, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON

This event is sponsored by the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies to commemorate professor Herb Stovel.

Herb Stovel was a mentor, friend and colleague to Jill Taylor from the early 1980s until the time of his passing in 2012. In her lecture “Saving the Lived Message” Jill will speak about her perspective on Herb’s leadership in heritage thinking, and the legacy that he left for those in the heritage field in practice and policymaking. In particular, she will discuss Herb’s contribution to the ongoing discussion of heritage value, and how his insatiable curiosity led to transformative positions about the evaluation of places that had multiple meanings, where integrity and authenticity were not clear cut. Although never putting aside ascribing value to the tangible aspects of heritage places and credibility in conservation, Herb Stovel searched for ways to challenge the pre-eminence of tangible artifacts in providing the way of future generations understanding the truth of the past, instilling in us the sense of responsibility to save the experience of the place, and the messages from those who lived the place.  Jill’s lecture will refer to Herb’s written work, including on the Nara Document and its outcomes, as well as his recorded interviews included in the Oral Archives of the World Heritage Convention, prepared by Université de Montréal Canada Research Chair, Dr. Christina Cameron. She will end with a discussion of the challenges and opportunities that exist for representation of whole experience in places where the intangible has an overwhelming influence on value.

Jill Taylor

“Jill Taylor co-founded Taylor Hazell Architects with Charles Hazell in 1992. Jill’s work as a team leader is built on 30 years experience in the heritage field, as a courthouse designer and in planning and policy development. She is a skilled facilitator and a dedicated liaison for THA clients. In addition to her work as a project principal and project architect for large institutional sites, she is an expert in facility planning and programming. She is a highly regarded member of the heritage conservation field, with an expertise in adaptive reuse, masonry conservation and decorative interiors.

Jill’s academic background is in English literature and art and architectural history. She is an avid amateur musician. Jill believes that the future of our land, water, cities and towns depends on urgent action now to sustain the valued natural and built environment. She devotes much of her spare time to activism raising awareness of this.

Jill is an active principal, lectures regularly, and is a volunteer member to many important heritage and environmental causes. She has been awarded a Fellowship in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC), is a past Chair of the Conservation Review Board of Ontario, and is past-President of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. Jill is also a LEED accredited professional.”


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