The Next Generation: Research from Canadian Emerging Professionals

September 29, 202312pm EST

This session is organised as part of ICOMOS Canada’s General Assembly Series.

This session will highlight the research of 5 emerging professionals across 4 presentations examining issues related to Canadian world heritage, international heritage standards, heritage policy, and heritage conservation.

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Marginalized Visibility: Scrutinizing the Digital Representation of Indigenous Peoples at Two National Historic Sites in Newfoundland and Labrador – Jared Hogan

Abstract: Until recently, narratives rooted in colonial ideology have been perpetuated through Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) history classes and public heritage initiatives, spotlighting settler histories surrounding the migratory fishery and colonial expansion into the “New World” Indigenous heritage. This lack of Indigenous visibility in heritage contributes to a problematic historical narrative that discredits the presence of Indigenous peoples in NL before and after colonization, and de-legitimizes Indigenous groups’ historical knowledge. This presentation summarizes the results of digital media analysis on the extent to which Indigenous cultures are represented in the virtual heritage of two World Heritage and National Historic Sites of Canada located in NL: 1) Red Bay, Labrador, and 2) L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.

Bio: Jared T. Hogan is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Archaeology and a Per Course Instructor in the Departments of Archaeology and Sociology at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. His PhD research builds on his Master’s project by exploring the representation of Indigenous cultures at non-Indigenous-led museums across Newfoundland and Labrador. He is passionate about Indigenous-led research, the blending of Indigenous ways of knowing with Western knowledge systems, and teaching at the post-secondary level.

Welcome to [Growth] Machine: An Analysis of Heritage Conservation in the Intensifying City – Ben Daub

Abstract: As municipalities strive to meet urban intensification targets, developable and redevelopable land has become increasingly scarce and has placed additional pressure on inter-urban areas, including those with built heritage resources, to accommodate such changes. Using the City of Toronto as a case study, this report sought to review how often different heritage adaptation project types are used and how their uses correlate with urban intensification; examine how heritage professionals value heritage conservation, how their valuation has changed over time, and their observations towards how other heritage professionals’ valuations have changed over time; and determine how valuation of heritage conservation by professionals translates into the preference and use of different heritage adaptation project types. Analysis revealed that highly intensifying areas often incur a higher number of heritage adaptation projects, that façadism has emerged as the most commonly used heritage adaptation type, that most heritage professionals value heritage conservation and have modified their valuation during their career, and that level of experience and professional role play the greatest role in determining adaptation type preference.

Bio: Ben Daub is a heritage planner at LHC Heritage Planning & Archaeology Inc. in Toronto and a part time instructor at Conestoga College in Cambridge. Ben holds a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Architecture – Project and Facility Management and a Master of Arts in Planning from the University of Waterloo. During his academic and professional career, Ben has gained a detailed understanding of the built environment and has produced a range of reports pertaining to cultural heritage.

Decentering the Western and Incorporating Care: Prioritizing Indigenous Ontology in Curation Frameworks – Tienne Johnson

Abstract: The prioritization of Indigenous ontologies and interests when caring for Indigenous material culture is agreed to be best practice within the museum world, however it is difficult to visualize how institutions are acting on this principle. This project seeks to record the approaches taken by seven museums to respectfully care and showcase Indigenous material culture in Canada, the United States of America, and Germany.

Bio: Tienne Johnson is a master’s student at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador studying archaeology with a focus on Indigenous and community-based methodologies. Her masters research examines the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and museums on a community and global scale.

Mélanie Watchman

*Presentation in French, captions in English available

Bio: Mélanie est titulaire d’un doctorat en architecture (Ph. D.) de l’Université Laval depuis 2021. Elle détient aussi une maîtrise professionnelle en architecture et une maîtrise en sciences de l’architecture depuis 2017. Durant ses études, elle s’est particulièrement intéressée aux ambiances physiques et a développé des méthodes d’évaluation du confort multisensoriel dans le contexte d’évaluations post-occupationnelle des bâtiments. Elle travaille comme architecte pour la firme Marie-Josée Deschênes architecte inc. et contribue à la réalisation d’audits techniques, d’études d’avant-projet, de programme fonctionnel et technique et de suivis de chantier.

Laurent Généreux

*Presentation in French, captions in English available

Bio: Depuis 2018, Laurent est titulaire d’une maîtrise simultanée en architecture et design urbain de l’Université Laval. Il détient aussi depuis 2014 un baccalauréat en sciences de l’architecture de l’Université de Montréal, dans le cadre duquel il a réalisé une année d’échange à l’Université technique de Munich en Allemagne. Durant ses études, il s’est intéressé au patrimoine bâti ainsi qu’à l’aménagement des milieux urbains. En 2018-2019, il a complété un stage d’un an à Paris pendant lequel il a acquis une solide expérience et de bonnes connaissances techniques en rénovation de bâtiments anciens. Depuis l’été 2019, il travaille pour la firme Marie-Josée Deschênes, architecte, inc. À l’automne 2021, il a participé à un stage de trois mois auprès du San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, aux États-Unis, dans le cadre d’un programme d’échange professionnel organisée par le comité américain de l’ICOMOS. Il est inscrit au tableau de l’OAQ depuis le printemps 2021.

From Academia to Private Practice – Michelle Duong

Abstract: Michelle will talk about her transition from a heritage documentation specialist in a university research lab to an OAA Intern Architect in a private architecture firm, and how a documentation project of an historic site brought the two worlds together.

Bio: Michelle is an Intern Architect at KWC Architects in Ottawa, Ontario. She holds a Master of Architecture degree, Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation, and B.A. Hons. in History and Theory of Architecture from Carleton University, and a Bach. of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is the Co-Coordinator of the CIPA Emerging Professionals Leadership Team and will be a member of the CIPA Heritage Documentation Executive Committee in 2024. Michelle gained experience in heritage site documentation and digitally-assisted storytelling during her time as a researcher and project lead at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS).