Willowbank School and Centre for Cultural Landscape
Julian Smith is an architect, urbanist and educator. He is currently executive director of Willowbank, a non-profit education and research centre training young people in the master-builder tradition. Willowbank uses both hands-on and academic training to develop community-based skills applying traditional knowledge to contemporary contexts. The school uses cultural landscape theory and practice to work with diverse communities where multiple realities exist and where cultural practices overlap. The campus is itself an experiment in sustainable practices within a historically-significant site.
Julian was one of the co-authors of UNESCO’s 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, which advocates a more creative and dynamic approach to historic cities. He is President of ICOMOS Canada, and one of the organizers of the upcoming ICOMOS General Assembly with the theme of landscape and heritage as human values.
As principal of Julian Smith & Associates Architects, Julian works on culturally-significant sites in Canada and abroad. He was responsible for the restoration of Canada’s Vimy Memorial in France, and has worked on diverse older urban areas including the Byward Market in Ottawa and Kensington Market in Toronto. He is interested in projects and practices that achieve a synthesis of heritage appreciation, environmental awareness, and community expression.