Webday Wednesday - Rehabilitation of Augustines’ Monastery, Québec city

For the month of October, the RAIC is pleased to present a weekly series on the subject of Adaptive Reuse and Heritage Preservation.


Title: Rehabilitation of Augustines’ Monastery, Québec city
Date: October 21, 2020
Presenters: Bernard Serge Gagné and Dany Blackburn


The Monastère des Augustines was the first hospital-monastery complex of the continent built north of Mexico. It has been consolidated in successive phases since 1645, in the middle of its own walled enclosure, inside the ramparts of the fortified city.  

After an occupancy of around 370 years by the religious sisters, their foundation building was passed on to the Quebec population through a trust whom would protect their cultural heritage, make it accessible to the public, and support the mission of Le Monastère des Augustines.  Following a number of preparatory studies and research, an innovative concept enabled to combine archives, reserves, a museum, a hospitality experience, a restaurant and a holistic health centre while maintaining the presence of the religious sisters in a part of the complex. 

The result is a unique complex, a haven of peace in the heart of a UNESCO historic district, where a dialog between heritage and contemporary architecture create a rehabilitation that is sensitive, sustainable, respectful of the past and focused on the future.  The construction began in 2012 to end in 2015. It welcomes patient’s relatives, tourists oriented in experience and in search of personal wellness, regardless of their religion.


At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept of built heritage rehabilitation
  • Explain urban and landscape integration of heritage projects
  • Recognize the importance of immaterial heritage
  • Demonstrate the need to experience heritage in synergy with our present and future activities


Bernard Serge Gagné, OAQ
Architect/Senior Partner, ABCP architecture

Bernard Serge Gagné began his career collaborating in the restoration of Shaughnessy House, part of the CCA in Montreal. He is a founding and principal partner of ABCP Quebec since 2002. The firm’s urban design and urbanism activities are confirmed by the integration of URBAM in 2016. In addition to Bernard Serge’s novel architecture practice, he has marked interest in urban design, restoration, architectural insertion as well as renovation. He recently led the Place des Canotiers project in the heart of the Old Quebec, which received the Governor General’s Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. 

Architect/Senior Partner, ABCP architecture

Dany Blackburn is a partner architect at ABCP architecture. His field of practice mainly includes institutional, educational and heritage projects with a marked preoccupation for sustainability in all his projects.  More specifically, Mr. Blackburn has developed an expertise in conservation and architectural heritage rehabilitation. He participated in the success of Le Monastère des Augustines rehabilitation and the construction of their museums reserve. He is currently collaborating in the restoration of the Louis-Joseph Papineau National Historic Site of Canada in Montréal.

Continuing education learning hours: 1 credit

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET

$50 for RAIC members, plus applicable taxes.
$75 for non-members, plus applicable taxes.

SCHEDULE: The Webinar will take place on Wednesday, October 21 at 1 p.m. ET in English.
The Canada-wide schedule by time zone is:









 10 a.m.

 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 2:30 p.m.


 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 3 p.m.

 3:30 p.m.

More information, including online access instructions and a PDF copy of the slides will be sent to you by email on the Tuesday prior to the Webday webinar. 

*Purchase of webinars and events are non-transferable.

October 21, 2020 1:00 PM through  2:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Event Fees (GST) $ 75.00 + $ 3.75 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Ontario) $ 75.00 + $ 9.75 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Quebec) $ 75.00 + $ 11.23 Sales Tax
Event Fees (HST) $ 75.00 + $ 11.25 Sales Tax
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