Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Adaptive Reuse of Heritage Buildings (Dawson City)

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is pleased to announce the launch of the first heritage conservation workshop in partnership with Parks Canada. This unique design charette workshop will take place September 11-14, 2019 in Dawson City, Yukon.

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The Adaptive Reuse of Heritage Buildings workshop in Dawson City, Yukon will directly apply the principles described in the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada using Parks Canada built heritage assets as learning tools. Participants will engage in a design charette experience, applying the best practices in conservation to actual adaptive reuse situations in 5 different Dawson City buildings.


On day one, participants will be guided around Dawson City on a walking/bus tour featuring local architecture and history. The day will conclude with a kick-off public panel discussion featuring heritage conservation experts and local community leaders.


On day two, participants will be guided through Parks Canada built heritage assets and introduced to the design charette project. Participants will work with heritage conservation experts as well as Parks Canada and RAIC staff in an intensive three-day design charette. The workshop concludes on late Saturday afternoon with a public showing and critique of design charette solutions and discussion.


The workshop also includes a 4-hour online pre-learning e-module, designed to ensure participants have a foundational knowledge of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, to be applied during the in-person workshop experience. (The online pre-learning e-module will be available by August 19th and must be completed before the workshop)


Workshop Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this learning experience, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop design options that protect a site’s heritage value and Character Defining Elements
  2. Relate how adaptive reuse design decisions can have an effect on heritage character
  3. Apply the decision-making process described in the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada to an adaptive reuse project
  4. Apply design decisions for adaptive reuse projects that protect and lever a site’s heritage value
  5. Integrate heritage conservation considerations into the design process and coordinated deliverables 

Continuing education learning hours: 24 credits


This workshop will be provided in English. Participants will be working in groups in various heritage buildings at different times and locations. Simultaneous translation therefore cannot be provided. 


Date: September 11-14, 2019 (The course will begin around 2:00pm on Wednesday and run until late afternoon on Saturday. Participants are encouraged to contact Uniglobe to make their travel arrangements)


Price: The price, including the workshop, accommodation, and catering in Dawson City, will be $2,500 for members and $2,900 for non-members. Travel to and from Dawson City is not included.


There are limited spots available. For more information, please contact Brynne Campbell, Program Officer at 613-241-3600 x 204.


Travel Information:

For further information on visiting the Klondike National Historic Sites go to the Parks Canada website.

For information on visiting Dawson City, Yukon please see the Parks Canada website or the Dawson City tourism website.

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2019

September 11, 2019 2:00 PM   through   September 14, 2019 12:00 AM
Phone: 1-844-856-7242  ext. 204
Event Fee(s)
RAIC Member Fee $ 2,500.00 + $ 125.00 Sales Tax
Non-member Fee $ 2,900.00 + $ 145.00 Sales Tax

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