Heritage conservation is widely recognized as an important strategy for identifying and protecting built and landscape heritage resources. Conservation of heritage buildings and historic places represents the past history and culture of a nation, provides a sense of identity and continuity in a fast changing world for future generations and is a vital element of sustainable community development.
To advance professional practice in this domain, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is launching a new certificate that explores the links between heritage conservation theory and practice through the lens of research, policy analysis and design intervention at different scales, from a single site to a broad landscape complex.
The certificate will enhance the practice of heritage professionals, consultants and policy makers. Curriculum content explores the links between heritage conservation theory and practice through the lens of research, policy analysis and design intervention at different scales, from a single site to a broad landscape complex.
This project is supported by the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation. Scholarship funding is available to qualified students.
Outcomes and next steps
The Built and Landscape Heritage certificate is intended for early and mid-career practitioners in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering and other related disciplines who want to acquire specialized knowledge and skills related to heritage conservation. It will be of particular interest to students wishing to acquire heritage conservation knowledge and skills in a Canadian context, with a view to the best practice in the field, regionally, nationally and internationally.
A course-based certificate in Built and Landscape Heritage is usually considered a final degree.
Admission Requirements and Information
To be eligible, you must posses a four-year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution, and a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the last two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units).
Fall – September 1
Winter – December 31
Spring – April 15
One example of previous academic or professional work submitted in digital form (portable document .PDF files), to be submitted with the online application.
- A C.V.
- A statement of interest (1,000 word max.) outlining the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the Certificate in Heritage Conservation, and how the applicant’s specific educational background and professional experience relates to heritage conservation.
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
- TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813.
- IELTS score of 7.5 (Academic version).
- Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of A,A,A (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency).
- Graduation from a degree program offered by an accredited university in a country in which the language of instruction is English.
Tuition and General Fees
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Tuition covers standard academic costs. Textbooks and other material costs are additional.
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term fees are paid each term.
Scholarships to assist with tuition fees are available to qualified applicants.
Students registered in the certificate program will be automatically considered for a scholarship upon course registration (maximum of four times).
Four courses are required for certification completion. The first three are "block week courses". Each are offered once in separate terms and can be taken in any sequence.
After the block courses, students need to complete "Advanced Heritage Conservation Project" (EVDS 668) fulfill the certificate program requirements. The last course is an independent study based on a site selected by the student. Working with a faculty member, the student would develop a heritage conservation proposal for a site in Alberta.
Once you are accepted to the certificate program, you can go into My UCalgary and enroll in available courses.
Students learn principles and theories related to heritage conservation of historic places. They explore the definition of significance and integrity in buildings and districts and strategies to interpret and preserve cultural landscapes.
This practice-based course provides an overview of the aspects of heritage conservation related to planning within a community development context, including issues of heritage design, materials conservation, value-based management, and real estate aspects related to heritage projects.
Students explore the role of historic preservation in the context of pragmatic, social, economic and environmental imperatives of sustainable community development. Topics include sustainable cultural practices, building envelope assessment, pathology and retrofit of heritage buildings, adaptive reuse of historic sites and more.
Students complete an interdisciplinary project related to heritage conservation using the framework of the Historic Places Initiative to document buildings, districts and cultural landscapes and to interpret their historical and architectural significance. They develop a heritage conservation proposal based on site and context analysis of a historic place in Alberta.