Old School Workshops & Courses

Next Up: Steps for Sustainability: Historic Windows and Doors

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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NEW DATE AND FORMAT! Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation 
November 21st, 9am – 12pm & November 26th, 6pm – 9pm
Now offered online in two sessions

$95

Please note that registration has now ended. Please email mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org with any questions. 

Heritage 101 is going virtual! Taught by experienced heritage professionals over two 3-hour sessions, Heritage 101 is a comprehensive  workshop that provides an introduction to heritage conservation with broad relevance for owners, design and construction professionals, municipal staff and the interested public. Heritage consultants Donald Luxton and Judy Oberlander will explore the history of heritage conservation and its relevance today, along with the guiding charters and regulations. Steps in planning for a conservation project will be discussed as well as the key tools including The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and Statements of Significance. Presentations on key topics, a visual observation exercise and lots of opportunity for questions and discussion will all be part of this collaborative experience.

Details of how to join this webinar will be provided to registered participants. If you have not received the connection email two days before the webinar, please let us know at mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org

Please note: The course will be split into 2 online sessions. When you register you are signing up for both sessions. Each session will be 3 hours with 2 five minute breaks in the middle. The 1st session will be Saturday, November 21st from 9am – 12pm and the 2nd session on Thursday, November 26th from 6pm – 9pm.

This workshop earns 3 credits towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.

This event is sponsored by the Lohn Foundation.

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About the Instructors:
Donald Luxton is founder and principal at Donald Luxton & Associates and has worked as heritage consultant on numerous projects over more than three decades. He is also an author and educator with several prestigious literary and heritage awards to his name. Judy Oberlander is a consultant who specializes in heritage conservation and cultural planning work. She has created community engagement & education programs across Canada in the public, private and non-profit sectors over the past 30 years.

Testimonial: ‘As a licensed realtor, a former member of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee (4 years) and current Commissioner for the Richmond Heritage Committee I want to express my thanks and gratitude for your course. There are many courses on heritage that I have taken and continue to take however your one day program was more valuable than any other, and that is saying a lot.

The quality of the instructors and their commitment to the conservation of heritage was great. The different disciplines of the instructors was also great as we heard and saw different views.’

– Larry Traverence, Commissioner for the Richmond Heritage Committee


NEW DATE! Steps for Sustainability: Historic Windows and Doors
December 10th,  7pm – 8 pm
Register here, $15

A characterful element of many older homes, windows and doors are often the first target for replacement when pursuing energy efficiency goals. Keri Briggs, Vice President of Vintage Woodworks, will discuss some common issues with historic windows and doors that lead to their removal, including drafts, sticking sashes and cracked glass, and how they can be resolved without replacement. She will share how wood windows were originally crafted, and how that tradition can be used to decrease heat loss to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

Bring your questions! You are also invited to send photographs of your windows and doors in advance and Keri will address some of them during the Q&A portion. This informative 1-hour webinar will be relevant for homeowners and professionals looking to improve the energy performance of an older home.

Details of how to join this webinar and how to submit your photographs will be included in the reminder email, sent ahead of the session. If you have not received the connection email two days before the webinar, please let us know at mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org

This session earns 1 credit towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate for those who have not previously taken a VHF windows workshop.

Photo Credit: Martin Knowles Photo/Media


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Old School Program Opportunities

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: Most workshops can qualify for Professional Development Credits: Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. All Professional Development Credits - talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.

VHF Heritage Conservation Certificate: You can receive this certificate by taking 18 units worth of courses. Download more information about requirements for the Certificate here. You can also email sarah@vancouverheritagefoundation.org for more information.

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


2020 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

June 10 - Researching the History of a Building Online

May 21 -  Planning a Heritage Garden Webinar

February 29 - Professional Historical Colours Analysis Workshop

February 21 - Mid-Project Tour: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Seismic Upgrade and Heritage Restoration


2019 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

November 21 - Researching the History of a Building at Aberthau Mansion

November 6 - Creating a Heritage Conservation Plan

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)

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

November 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

April 14 - Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation

March 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