Lessons From the Ring Houses: YEG Heritage Reset

Lessons From the Ring Houses: YEG Heritage Reset

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Discussing challenges and successes in heritage preservation, including what we've learned from advocacy around the U of A Ring Houses

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Through the past year in local heritage, we've experienced ongoing challenges, as well as several notable development "wins."

The disappointment of losing the University of Alberta Ring Houses and other historic places is balanced by a surge of creative thinking and engagement within and beyond the University of Alberta community.

Join panelists offering local and national perspectives in a reflection on what we’re learning about approaches to advocacy and action that advance the heritage conservation agenda.


Heritage conservation champion Marianne Fedori has served in key roles with Historical Society of Alberta, Alberta Heritage Alliance, Edmonton Historical Board, Old Glenora Conservation Society, and Canada’s National History Society. Past campaigns have included Stephen Avenue and Lougheed House (Calgary), plus the Rossdale Power Plant, Government House, and the Hudson’s Bay Company Building (Edmonton).

David Johnston is Principal Heritage Planner, City of Edmonton, with a background in downtown and redevelopment planning. His interest is in creating thriving communities and making great urban places. David was the City of Edmonton’s principal heritage planner on the recent designation of Edmonton’s Hangar 11 towards its preservation and repurposing for the larger community.

David Murray received his B. Arch degree from the University of Toronto in 1969 and has since practiced in Edmonton. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. His primary focus is on conservation architecture in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He teaches at Athabasca University and has been involved with Alberta Association of Architects, Historic Resources Review Panel, Edmonton Downtown Urban Design Review Panel, and the Old Strathcona Foundation.

Chris Wiebe is National Trust for Canada’s Manager of Heritage Policy and Government Relations and organizes the annual National Trust Conference. He recently led a major report on the systemic barriers to building reuse as climate action in Canada – Making Reuse the New Normal: Accelerating the Reuse and Retrofit of Canada’s Built Environment.

This free online discussion, presented by the volunteer-driven Ring House Coalition with the support of Edmonton Heritage Council, is being presented as part of Edmonton and District Historical Society's Historic Festival and Doors Open 2022 (July 3-10).

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