Following a brief practical and philosophical overview of historic building materials of the western civilization, this course will explore a range of materials in greater depth. Material categories that will be considered include stone, clay masonry, timber, metals and mortar. Each material topic will start with an overview of its development and associated properties, identify typical deterioration mechanisms, and conclude with generally accepted conservation techniques. Sample materials will be available for hands on review and case studies will be presented to highlight the various discuss topics. Conservation philosophy may also be introduced as time permits.
To introduce participants to traditional historic building materials, providing an understanding on how they are formed and extracted, and how this will affect their performance in the built environment. It is also to develop skills towards identifying the nature and extent of typical deterioration mechanisms, as well as an understanding of how to address these mechanisms with basic material conservation techniques.
Indigenous materials will be highlighted and case study materials will be available for hands on review.
This course is intended for those who are just discovering interest in the conservation of historic buildings that have little or no previous academic or practical experience.
John Dam, B.A.SC., M.Sc., P.Eng., MCAHP
John is the principal of his own building conservation practise in Victoria, British Columbia. He has been involved in the conservation of historic buildings across British Columbia and Canada for over 15 years, during which time he spent a year completing his M.Sc. in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath, England. Combining building conservation experience with his background in structural and building envelope design, John brings a unique perspective to the field of built heritage conservation.
Principal, John Dam & Associates
His contributions outside of his practise include being an active board member of the Victoria Heritage Advisory Panel and Hallmark Heritage Society and a recent board member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and the Association for Preservation Technology. After acquiring his Professional Specialization Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning from the University of Victoria, he has since returned as a sessional lecturer for the Studies of Building Conservation: Materials.
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