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.
VHF is currently offering workshops in a virtual format only. We hope to return to in-person events in the future when the public health situation allows.
Saturday, October 16th, 9am-12:30pm & Tuesday, October 19th, 6pm-9:30pm
The core course of the Old School program and Heritage Conservation Certificate, 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, the guiding charters and conventions, and the regulatory environment at City Hall. Important topics will be covered including why heritage conservation is significant economically, culturally and environmentally and its impact on communities. Presentations on key topics, a site observation exercise and group work will all be part of this collaborative experience with lots of discussion.
This workshop earns 3 credits towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.
This course will be presented in a meeting format. The course will be split into 2 sessions. When you register you are signing up for both sessions. Each session will be 3.5 hours with 2 five minute breaks in the middle. Between sessions 1 and 2 you will need to plan for a 1-2 hour site visit at a location of your choosing. A unique feature of the course, this enables everyone to make their own selection from their own community, work project, etc. and experience a site in situ. More details will be shared during the course.
This event is sponsored by the Lohn Foundation
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.
Saturday, November 6th, 10am-1pm
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. In this informative Old School workshop, heritage professional 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 workshop earns 2 credits towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.
About the Instructor
A professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, Elana Zysblat is an accomplished, award-winning heritage consultant and educational program developer with expertise in heritage conservation, cultural tourism and community engagement (formerly the Programming Director with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation (2008 to 2011)), Elana is an independent heritage consultant with Ance Building Services, a Vancouver-based firm which practices across BC. Amongst her diverse activities, Elana teaches workshops for Heritage BC, supports municipalities without heritage planners, and evaluates and guides the conservation of historic sites around the province. She is currently President of the BC Association of Heritage Professionals, a director with the Friends of the Vancouver Archives and a member of Heritage BC’s program and conference committees.
Thursday, November 25th, 7pm - 8:30pm
As homeowners take steps to make their existing home more comfortable and reduce their carbon footprint, heat pumps can be an excellent option for character and heritage homes. Incentives and grants, including the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant and the Canada Greener Homes Grant, can make the switch to heat pumps that much easier. Drawing on his experience retrofitting homes, Scott Miller from Energy 1 Design will explore the options for heat pumps in older homes and discuss the potential benefits and challenges. This informative talk will be relevant to homeowners looking to improve the energy performance of character and heritage homes so bring your questions!
This session earns 1 credit towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.
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 are self-reporting – talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.
Old School Courses and Workshops won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit. Sign up for one and see why!
Requirements to receive this certificate include:
Evening Lectures and Heritage Lunch and Learns qualify for 1 credit each, to a maximum of 3 credits. Virtual strolls do not qualify for the walking tour requirement.
Completion of the certificate can take several years depending on courses schedules. Courses vary each year and some courses and tours are no longer offered. All courses are offered by heritage professionals working in the fields of architecture, trades & construction, heritage conservation, planning, landscaping and related professions.
For more information, please email VHF Program Manager at email@example.com.