Old School Workshops & Courses

Next Up: Creating a Heritage Conservation Plan

Old School courses teach homeowners, building owners and professionals skills and knowledge for the care and maintenance of older buildings. Courses can include topics such as best practices for researching the history of a building, how to manage a heritage project from start to finish, a thorough introduction to heritage conservation, and wood windows repair and maintenance.

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Fall 2019 Courses

Creating a Heritage Conservation Plan
Wednesday November 6th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
l’Atelier Co-working Space, 400 – 319 W Hastings St.
Register here, $45

In many municipalities in BC, a Heritage Conservation Plan is a mandatory document for development permits involving a listed heritage property or for the purposes of a Heritage Revitalization Agreement, but it also represents a really helpful and thorough decision making process for owners of old buildings. A Heritage Conservation Plan clarifies how to sustain the historic place’s heritage values (and character defining elements) based on Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Heritage Conservation. The document utilizes a simple thinking process which starts with describing what is there, its condition, what is happening to it and the principles by which you will manage it.

In this course Elana Zysblat will illustrate how to create a Heritage Conservation Plan using three real case studies. Each project will be illustrated and analyzed from the research stage, through the owner’s plans and needs, the construction phase and the crucial role of the Heritage Conservation Plan in guiding and solving the complexity of a heritage project. This course will be geared to homeowners, building stewards and professionals working with heritage sites.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Researching the History of a Building
Thursday November 21st, 6pm – 8pm
Aberthau Mansion (Dining Room), 4397 W 2nd Ave.
Register here, $20

Using Aberthau Mansion and the Jericho area as a case study, historian John Atkin will guide you through his best practices and essential tips for discovering the most useful and interesting information about a heritage building or site. A tour through the mansion, now the West Point Grey Community Centre will help to reveal clues about the history of the building. The skills learned can be utilized by home and building owners and professionals gathering information for conservation projects and planning for a site, or those interested in researching about local history and heritage places.

Thank you to our event partner West Point Grey Community Centre.

 


Opportunity for students! Are you currently enrolled in an educational program and 16-30 years of age? Sponsored seats for students are now available for the spring Old School sessions. Learn more about the program here or email us if you are interested in attending.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS
All workshops can qualify for Professional Development Credits: most qualify for Core Learning Units with 1 Credit assigned for each hour of instructor time. Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. Shorter courses like Researching qualify for 2 Core LUs. All Professional Development Credits except AIBC are self reporting – talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.

Earn a Certificate in Heritage Conservation by taking 18 units worth of courses. Download more information about requirements for the Certificate here.

Old School Courses and Workshops won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit. Sign up and see why!

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2019 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

May 2 - Planning a Heritage Garden

March 16 - Maintenance and Repair of Wood Windows

March 2 - Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation

2018 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 20 - The Vancouver Heritage Register and Heritage Designation - and What It Means for You

Nov 13 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 1 - Electrical Safety in Older Buildings

April 28 - Exterior Painting and Historic Colours Workshop

Apr 14 - Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation

Mar 13 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2017 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 28 - Paint Stripping and Prepping Interior Wood Surfaces

Nov 25 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Kitsilano

May 13 - Masonry Workshop

Apr 11 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Apr 8 - Maintenance and Repair of Double-Hung Wood Windows

Apr 5 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Apr 2 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: How We Got to Today's Chinatown

Mar 4 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

2016 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 22 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Oct 29 -  Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Delamont Park

Oct 25 - Navigating City Hall

Oct 15 - Drafting a Statement of Significance

Apr 24 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: South Shaughnessy

Mar 5 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

Mar 1  - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Feb 23 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2015 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 25 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Nov 19 - Drafting a Conservation Plan

Nov 14 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Mt. Pleasant

Nov 3 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 9 - Wood Window Restoration and Repair

April 25 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

March 28 - Heritage Projects: From Idea to Completion

March 18 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

March 11 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2014 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

November 19 - Knob & Tube Electrical

October 11- Kerrisdale Walk: How Zoning Shaped this Neighbourhood

October 8 - Researching the History of a Building: City of Vancouver Archives

October 1 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 21 - Wood Windows & Storefronts Walk: Chinatown and Strathcona

April 9 - Interior Wood Paint Stripping

April 8 - Researching at the Archives

April 5 - Neighbourhood Zoning & History Walk: Strathcona

April 2 - Energy Retrofits for Older Buildings

April 1 - Researching at the Library

February 26 - & March 5 - Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation

February 27 - Historic Paint Schemes