Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – Pre-conference Symposium:


Signal Hill Campus, (All sessions and lunch in B2007)

10:00 – 10:30


10:30 – 12:00

Session 1: The Role of the Rural Centers & Edges

What is the role of the periphery, in an era dominated by discussions regarding ever-growing centers? How do we leverage, through design, the unique qualities and characteristics embedded in the hyper local, without nostalgia? In a reality of shrinking communities, what opportunities exist for new shared infrastructure or new typologies of regional centre that move beyond mere functional service centre?

  • Robert Greenwood,PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Matthew Brown,Partner, Brackish Design & Visiting Faculty, University of Toronto 
  • Craig Pollett,Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 15:00

Session 2: New Rural Economies: Industry & Tourism

In many rural regions, there is a historic reliance on single economies, and with this, the attendant risk of shifting economic tides. When a key industry relocates or terminates, there is often little to replace it. Yet, the rural was historically a place of entrepreneurs who operated and succeeded through specialized skills. How can this human capital be harnessed? How might new building uses and programs support emergent local economies? And what role will tourism play? Can design leverage local heritage – whether industrial, domestic or ecological landscapes—to imagine new forms of industry and tourism?

  • Jane Walker,Artist, and Curatorial Support and Community Relations, Bonavista Biennale 2017
  • Keith Pardy,Clarenville Inn & Chairman of Clarenville Farm & Market & Krista Chatman,General Manager, Clarenville Farm & Market
  • Janike Larsen,Professor, Oslo School of Architecture, “Architecture and rural development in northern Norway” (Keynote)

15:00 – 15:30


13:30 – 17:30

Session 3: Architecture & Heritage

This session asks what is the role of the local and how is it understood in an increasingly globalized economy. What is the role of vernacular in contemporary rural architecture? What is the role of intangible cultural heritage in informing new understandings of built heritage? How might architecture move beyond critical regionalism and its formal and material understandings of regional specificity? How might we understand heritage in ways that move beyond reuse and preservation?

  • Jerry Dick,Heritage Foundation, NFL 
  • Taryn Sheppard & Chris Woodford,Sheppard Woodford Architects  
  • Pamela Hall,Artist and Adjunct Professor at Memorial University 

17:30 – 18:00

Closing remarks