Speaker Series: An Ecological Approach to Historic Preservation

October 21, 2018
By Sophi Veltrop, Student Services Coordinator


When: October 24, 7:00 PM

Where: IDEAS, 182 Mad River Green, Waitsfield VT



Yestermorrow Design/Build School's speaker series welcomes Nancy Oakley, who approaches the preservation of historic places with respect for ecological and cultural context.

Over the past ten years, the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts has been a leader of a new approach to historic preservation in Canada that appreciates the evolving, complex relationships between people and place. Nancy will share examples of projects and studies undertaken at Willowbank, that include restoring an 1830s Greek Revival estate, the design-build of a blacksmith shop using traditional craft skills, to ‘re-wilding’ historic gardens and sustaining shepherding cultures in rural Italy.

Discover how protecting and restoring places of cultural and historic significance addresses social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Mingle with the Yestermorrow community after the talk over refreshments.

Nancy Oakley is the Director of Education at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Niagara, Ontario, Canada--a private college dedicated to exploring the connections between conservation, design and sustainability. Nancy has worked with NGOs, communities and indigenous groups across Canada and internationally in public education, training and capacity development initiatives that support conservation goals. Nancy holds a B.A.Hon in History from the University of Ottawa and an M.A. in Canadian Studies, specializing in heritage conservation, from Carleton University.