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Shaping Vancouver Series 2015: Are Heritage Conservation Areas Right For Vancouver?

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A panel of experts address what Heritage Conservation Areas are, how they are established and work in other cities, and the consequences of forming such areas. Panel members discuss areas in Vancouver, which retain distinctive heritage character, consider whether such areas should be considered for Heritage Conservation Area status by the City, and debate how sensitive to heritage character new developments should be.A general discussion with the audience follows and at the end, everyone was invited to submit feedback on the evening’s topic to the consultants leading the Heritage Action Plan.
PANELISTSJulie Schueck | Julie Schueck has been the Heritage Planner for the City of New Westminster in British Columbia since 2007and has been a heritage consultant since 1991. She has a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (Architecture) and a Masters of Environmental Design Studies (Heritage Conservation) from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University). Her experience includes municipal heritage planning, heritage policy work, heritage management and strategic plans, research, analyses, heritage registers, statements of significance, and heritage rehabilitation projects. She is a founding member of the BC Association of Heritage Professionals.Pete Fry | Pete Fry is a 25-year resident of Strathcona and the Downtown Eastside. A impassioned advocate for neighbourhood, livability, and heritage: Pete has worked and spoken on issues of preservation, affordability, community, and transportation. Pete formerly served as chair of the Strathcona Resident's Association, as a community representative on the City's controversial Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan, and helped to organize a multicultural festival celebrating Strathcona's storied diversity and history as part of the City's 125 Celebration. In 2014, Fry received over 46,000 votes as an underdog Green Party candidate for Vancouver City Council, running on issues of affordability, heritage and empowering communities as partners in urban planning. Pete and his family live in one of the city's oldest houses, a 110-year old Victorian in the heart of Strathcona.Clinton Cuddington | Clinton Cuddington, a graduate of the UBC School of Architecture, is the founding principal of Measured Architecture Inc., an award-winning full-service architectural firm specializing in high quality, high performance modern buildings. Measured Architecture creates buildings that are stimulating to occupy and are fundamental to their surroundings. From its inception in 2007, Measured has demonstrated an ability to craft considered, quality projects. In order to support the professional work, and put into practice what Measured preaches, Clinton remains involved with volunteer work, sitting on a number of Advisory Design Panels and other public bodies; he is active as an AIBC Professional Representative for the First Shaughnessy District Advisory Panel, a guest academic lecturer and Thesis Advisor/Guest Critic at the University of British Columbia.Helen Cain | Helen Cain is a professional planner specializing in policy, public engagement, new development and heritage. She is Vice-Chair of the Heritage Society of BC and a Senior Planner at the City of Victoria where her past responsibilities have included Heritage Conservation Areas in their award-winning Official Community Plan, 2012. She is the author of the policy paper “Heritage and Sustainability in Community Planning” on the environmental, economic, social and cultural value of preservation, and a Cascadia Green Building Council report connecting heritage and green building practices. She was consultant planner on City of Vancouver heritage projects in historic Japantown and Mount Pleasant, and is a past Heritage Vancouver Board member. Helen is passionate about place making through new design and retaining historic fabric. Alec Smith | Together with Nick Sully, Alec Smith founded SHAPE Architecture in 2007. SHAPE has undertaken numerous heritage revitalization projects in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighborhood in which revitalization of historic buildings is combined with modern laneway infill. This unromantic approach to urban density reflects a conviction that careful urban design and planning can greatly enrich existing historic districts. SHAPE’s work suggests modern and historic buildings can coexist and enrich one another by creating a considered ensemble in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Alec is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture teaching design and theory. In the summer of 2011 Alec served on the jury of the American Architecture Awards. MODERATORHelen Phillips | Helen is a consultant and researcher with a strong background in urban planning, heritage conservation and environmental sustainability. She trained as an urban planner in the UK, has qualifications in urban design and a PhD in heritage conservation. She previously worked as a researcher and lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, where she taught on urban planning, sustainable development and heritage conservation courses. She has published a variety of work on heritage and environmental sustainability. Her past consultancy projects have included working on a substantial heritage register update in Europe. Helen serves on the Board of Directors for Heritage Vancouver.
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