Wanuskewin Heritage Park: Reconciling History

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a renowned example of prairie architecture inspired by the Northern Plains Indigenous Peoples. As a traditional gathering place, Wanuskewin is undertaking a renewal project to increase its ability to foster an environment for gathering, learning and interpreting culture. With a goal of becoming a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, Wanuskewin is planning an expansion that involves returning a herd of Plains bison, increasing interpretive elements, and creating a world-class gathering space. The design strategy is rooted in Plains culture, conservation, ecology and incorporating sustainable design elements to reduce impact on nature.

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 10:30am - 12:00pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Charles Olfert, SAA, FRAIC, LEED AP

Principal Architect, aodbt architecture + interior design

A founding partner of aodbt architecture + interior design, Charles Olfert is a registered architect with 35 years of planning, design and management experience. He has led a diverse portfolio of recreation, healthcare, education, institution, mixed-use, and residential projects. Charles has served as president of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects, is a University of Saskatchewan Senator, and plays bass guitar in a blues band.

Marc R. Bélanger

Partner, AldrichPears Associates

Marc is a seasoned interpretive planner and exhibition designer. He helps develop and guide the vision for individual projects with a team of creative individuals, using a facilitated workshop and consultation process, theme-driven content development, and an intuitive approach towards graphic, three-dimensional and AV media design. Marc helps define and guide concepts that imaginatively convey key ideas. He explores design solutions that effectively incorporate meaningful activities and immersive experiences for visitors. During his 20 years of interpretive planning and design consultation, Marc has been involved in all stages of project development and management, from visualizing ideas using sketches and diagrams through to design and production of graphics, detailed design drawings, AV production and fabrication work. Marc is fluent in French.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

About Us

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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