An autodidact since a young age, embracing all sorts of interests, I settled on architectural history – an inter-disciplinary field covering creativity, logic and praxis. I have a deep knowledge of Canadian architectural history and heritage conservation with over 25 years of experience managing historic places.
Currently, I am the National Heritage Conservation Manager at BGIS – one of Canada’s first heritage professionals in private-sector property management services.
Before moving to the private sector, I was a National Historic Sites Superintendent at Parks Canada in Eastern Ontario, manager of the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office (FHBRO) and the Canadian Registrar for the Canadian Register of Historic Places (historicplaces.ca).
I am an adjunct professor and teacher at Carleton University in the School for the Studies of Art and Culture, Art History and the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Over the years I have produced many research papers for the Historic Sites & Monuments Board of Canada and the FHBRO, while also pursuing independent research projects on the history and heritage of Canadian architecture.
I led the federal-provincial-territorial collaborations, built an award-winning mobile app (“Edifica -History in Hand”) for searching historic places (Android and IOS) , and managed Parks Canada’s Directory of Federal Heritage Designations and its national documentation centre on heritage.
My master’s degree is in architectural history (Carleton University), specializing in Canadian modern architecture. In terms of volunteer work, I am a past president of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, a member of Docomomo International and am a member of many other heritage organizations.
I am a director of Heritage Committee for Ottawa’s Lowertown Community Association, and an executive member of the National Historic Sites Alliance, a national network of like-minded owners and operators of National Historic Sites.
My book, Exploring the Capital, is a full-colour guide to historic and contemporary architecture in the national capital region, published by Figure1 Publishing.