Built and Landscape Heritage Certificate (Cert)

Built and Landscape Heritage

Certificate (Cert)

Course-based program

Program overview


Heritage conservation is widely recognized as an important strategy for identifying and protecting built and landscape heritage resources. Conservation of heritage buildings and historic places represents the past history and culture of a nation, provides a sense of identity and continuity in a fast changing world for future generations and is a vital element of sustainable community development. 

To advance professional practice in this domain, the School of Arhitecture, Planning and Landscape is launching a new certificate that explores the links between heritage conservation theory and practice through the lens of research, policy analysis and design intervention at different scales, from a single site to a broad landscape complex.

The certificate will enhance the practice of heritage professionals, consultants and policy makers. Curriculum content explores the links between heritage conservation theory and practice through the lens of research, policy analysis and design intervention at different scales, from a single site to a broad landscape complex.

This project is supported by the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

Completing this program

  • Principles of Historic Conservation: Students learn principles and theories related to heritage conservation of historic places. They explore the definition of significance and integrity in buildings and districts and strategies to interpret and preserve cultural landscapes. 
  • Sustainability and Historic Preservation: Students explore the role of historic preservation in the context of pragmatic, social, economic and environmental imperatives of sustainable community development. Topics include sustainable cultural practices, building envelope assessment, pathology and retrofit of heritage buildings, adaptive reuse of historic sites and more. 
  • Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning: This practice-based course provides an overview of the aspects of heritage conservation related to planning within a community development context, including issues of heritage design, materials conservation, value-based management, and real estate aspects related to heritage projects. 
  • Advanced Heritage Conservation Project: Students complete an interdisciplinary project related to heritage conservation using the framework of the Historic Places Initiative to document buildings, districts and cultural landscapes and to interpret their historical and architectural significance. They develop a heritage conservation proposal based on site and context analysis of a historic place in Alberta.


The Built and Landscape Heritage certificate is intended for early and mid-career practitioners in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering and other related disciplines who want to acquire specialized knowledge and skills related to heritage conservation.  It will be of particular interest to students wishing to acquire heritage conservation knowledge and skills in a Canadian context, with a view to the best practice in the field, regionally, nationally and internationally.

A course-based certificate in Built and Landscape Heritage is usually considered a final degree.

Course-based program

Four five-day block courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Normally completed in one calendar year; three years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission requirements



A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples

One example of previous academic or professional work submitted in digital form (portable document .PDF files), to be submitted with the online application.


  • Transcripts
  • A C.V.
  • A statement of interest (1,000 word max.) outlining the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the Certificate in Heritage Conservation, and how the applicant’s specific educational background and professional experience relates to heritage conservation.

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on May 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Sept. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Sept. 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL)

Professional Faculties Building, Room 2182

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, ABT2N 1N4


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