Course Description

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary is offering a masterclass for architects, planners and landscape architects to acquire professional knowledge related to historic preservation of built and landscape heritage projects using a sustainability lens. Through a combination of lectures, case study examples and class discussions, this course will be relevant to professionals wishing to explore the practice of historic conservation in Alberta. Case studies will explore a variety of innovative historic preservation strategies presented by professionals who have completed, or are currently undertaking, the work. It will provide a unique opportunity for heritage education that builds design and planning capacity to manage heritage resources in Alberta. The course applies a blended learning model where continuing education students join University of Calgary graduate students and mid-career professionals (architects, planners and landscape architects) enrolled in the Built & Landscape Heritage Certificate.

Presentations of heritage conservation projects include the Donalda Creamery, building resources of the Lac la Biche Mission, the adaptive reuse of the Alberta Block and the Legislature Dome restoration in Edmonton, as well as a heritage landscape project in Banff National Park with the involvement of Parks Canada. The diversity of the case studies will expose students to the range of potential treatment options for an historic place with reference to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

Continuing Education students will participate alongside University of Calgary graduate students in the masterclass, without having to complete any assignments. Participation in the masterclass will count towards required professional continuing education credits.

Course presenters: David Murray AAA FRAIC, Allan Partridge AAA FRAIC, Doug Carlyle AALA RCA

Course Details

Upon completion of this masterclass, successful students will be able to:

  • Recognize the Historic Place - its heritage value, condition, character-defining elements and physical properties.
  • Explain Conservation as a mechanism that links a comprehensive understanding of a historic place with interventions that respect its heritage value.
  • Cite examples of potential treatment options for historic places with reference to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.
  • Assess Intervention on the Historic Place in terms of respecting and protecting the heritage value while undertaking restoration and adaptive reuse.


This course is open to students who have a Professional degree in architecture, planning, or landscape architecture.

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