NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering will host its 6th Annual Heritage Forum with special guests Andrew Potts (ICOMOS) and Rohit Jigyasu (ICCROM) on Climate Change and Heritage. The Forum will be held as a 2-part ZOOM webinar:

Thursday, November 12, 2:00 – 4:30pm EST


Friday, November 13, 10:00am – 12:30pm EST

Graduate students from the NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering program will present their research and internship work in Heritage Building Rehabilitation and Sustainability, including: energy/hygrothermal modelling, vulnerability analysis of masonry structures, heritage monitoring and competency framework, life cycle analysis, use of linseed oil paints, assessment of historic wooden buildings, the role of trades in heritage planning, and online training resources for heritage site operators.

Each day will feature a special keynote on Climate Change and Heritage:

Thursday afternoon: Andrew Potts, Coordinator, ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group

“Climate Change from the perspective of the ICOMOS Working Group.”

Friday morning: Rohit Jigyasu, Project Manager on Urban Heritage, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, ICCROM

“Risk Preparedness for the Impact of Climate Change on Heritage Structures.”

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For more information, contact Laurie Smith, Coordinator, NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering Program laurie.smith3@carleton.ca .

Andrew Potts coordinates the ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group (CCHWG).  In 2017 ICOMOS committed to mobilizing the cultural heritage community to help meet the challenge of climate change.  The CCHWG was formed to advance that ambitious aim. In July 2019, the CCHWG released its report The Future of Our Pasts: Engaging Cultural Heritage in Climate Action.  Potts served as a lead author and helped manage the publication process. The Future of Our Pasts Report scoped hundreds of ways in which cultural heritage can drive transformative climate action and catalogued the myriad impacts climate change is having on every type of heritage. ICOMOS also serves as the Secretariat for the Climate Heritage Network and Potts coordinates that work. The Climate Heritage Networks links organisations around the world that share a commitment to the role arts, culture and heritage can play in tackling the climate emergency.

Andrew holds a J.D. from Indiana University. He previously served as Associate General Counsel of the US National Trust for Historic Preservation and received its National Trust’s John H. Chafee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy. He previously served as ICOMOS Focal Point for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management professional from India, currently working at ICCROM as Project Manager on Urban Heritage, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Rohit served as UNESCO Chair holder professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, where he was instrumental in developing and teaching International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage. He was the elected President of ICOMOS-India from 2014-2018 and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) from 2010-2019. Rohit has been the Elected Member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS since 2011 and is currently serving as its Vice President for the period 2017-2020.  Before joining ICCROM, Rohit has been working with several national and international organizations such as UNESCO, UNISDR, Getty Conservation Institute and World Bank for consultancy, research and training on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage.