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Christina Cameron, Ph. D., FRSC

Professor and Chairholder, Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, School of Architecture, Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal

Researcher associated with the Chair since 2005

Christina Cameron

École d'Architecture
Faculté de l'aménagement
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec)
H3C 3J7

P  514 343-6092

>  Christina Cameron résumé

In 2005, Christina Cameron took up her present position as a Professor and leads a research program on heritage conservation in the School of Architecture at the Université de Montréal. For more than 35 years she held leadership positions in the heritage field at Parks Canada. As Director General of National Historic Sites, she provided national direction for Canada's historic places, focussing on heritage conservation and education programs. She also served as the Secretary to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada from 1986 to 2005. She has written extensively since the 1970s on Canadian architecture, heritage management and World Heritage issues. She has been actively involved in UNESCO’s World Heritage as Head of the Canadian delegation (1990-2008) and as Chairperson (1990, 2008). She has chaired several international expert meetings on strategic planning, historic canals, cultural landscapes, working methods, the global strategy for a representative World Heritage List, and a proposal to establish a World Heritage Indigenous Peoples Council. She holds a B.A. in literature from the University of Toronto, a Masters in museum studies from Brown University and a Ph.D. in history of architecture from Université Laval. She received the Public Service of Canada's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Career (2006) and the Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest recognition of the Public Service of Canada (2008). She is Vice-President of Canada's Advisory Committee on Official Residences, a member of the Board of the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, and Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. In 2012, she was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canadapour l’UNESCO.

Recent projects linked to the Chair

2013, Wind turbines and Landscape: towards Sustainable Development, Montreal Round Table 2013, 13-15 March. Principal researcher. Event supported by SSHRC, Connection grant.

2012-2013, Development of a mobile application for the architectural and landscape heritage of the campus of the Université de Montréal. Principal researcher. Project supported by the Université de Montréal.

2012,  Les valeurs patrimoniales vues par le public. Collaborator. Case studies supported by SSHRC, Insight Development grant.

2006-2013,  History of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention. Principal researcher.

2006-2013, World Heritage Oral Archives project. Principal researcher. Project supported by UNESCO.

Selected Bibliography

Books, articles and reports 

2013, Cameron, C., Rössler, M., Many Voices, One Vision: The Early Years of the World Heritage Convention (Farnham: Ashgate,) p. 1-330.

2013, Cameron, C., Rössler, M., “The shift towards conservation: early history of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and global heritage conservation,” Understanding Heritage. Perspectives in Heritage Studies, Marie-Theres Albert, Roland Bernecker, Britta Rudolff eds.(Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter), p. 69-76.

2011, Cameron, C., “The Sum of All We Are: Tom Symons and Heritage,” Tom Symons: A Canadian Life, Heintzman, R., ed. (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press), p. 299-327.

2011, Cameron, C., Rössler, M., “Voices of the Pioneers: UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention 1972-2000,” Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, 1, no. 1, p. 42-54.

2010, Cameron, C., “Selling Tradition: In Nova Scotia, history has been written for the visitors, a review of Ian McKay and Robin Bates, In the Province of History: the Making of the Public Past in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia (Montreal & Kingston, McGill-Queen’s University Press),” Literary Review of Canada, 18, no. 5, p. 3-4.

2010, Cameron, C., Déom, C., Valois, N., Le Campus – Le patrimoine architectural et paysager de l’Université de Montréal/The architectural and landscape heritage (Montréal: les Presses de l’Université de Montréal), 143 p.

2009, Cameron, C., “The Evolution of the Concept of Outstanding Universal Value,” Conserving the Authentic: Essays in Honour of Jukka Jokilehto, Stanley-Price, N., King, J., eds., (Rome: ICCROM Conservation Studies 10), p. 127-136.

2009, Cameron, C.,  “La sauvegarde et la transmission du patrimoine religieux : quelques réflexions sur la dimension internationale,” Le patrimoine religieux du Québec: éducation et transmission du sens, Lefebvre, S., ed. (Québec: les Presses de l’Université Laval), p. 99-108, 211-13.

2008, Cameron, C., “From Warsaw to Mostar: the World Heritage Committee and Authenticity,” Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology, 39, nos. 2-3, p. 19-24.

2006, Cameron, C., “Value and Integrity in Cultural and Natural Heritage: from Parks Canada to World Heritage,” Capturing the Public Value of Heritage: the Proceedings of the London Conference 25-26 January 2006, ed. K. Clark (London: English Heritage), p. 71-78. 

2000, Cameron, C., “The Spirit of Place: the Physical Memory of Canada,” Journal of Canadian Studies, 35, no. 1, p. 77-94.

1997, Cameron, C., “Commemoration: A Moving Target?” The Place of History: Commemorating Canada’s Past (Ottawa: The Royal Society of Canada), p. 27-39.

1989, Cameron, C., Charles Baillairgé, Architect and Engineer (Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press), 201 p.


2013, Cameron, C., “The Idea of UNESCO Chairs and its implementation,” International Summer Academy at Cottbus: Understanding Heritage, The Theoretical Understanding of Sustainability in Heritage Studies and its Corresponding Disciplines, BTU Cottbus, Germany, 8 July.

2012, Cameron, C., “The World Heritage Convention as a charter for global conservation,” World Heritage for Tomorrow: International Conference in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, London, U.K., 1 December. 

2012, Cameron, C., “Taking Stock: World Heritage at 40,” Inaugural Herb Stovel Memorial Lecture, Ottawa, Carleton University, School of Canadian Studies, 26 November.

2012, Cameron, C., “40 Years from the Birth of the World Heritage Convention,” Closing event of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, Kyoto, Japan, 6 November. 

2012, Cameron, C., “Entre chien et loup: World Heritage cultural landscapes on the 40th anniversary,” Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st century, New Brunswick, New Jersey,  Rutgers University, 13 October.

2011, Cameron, C., “Challenges in listing and managing World Heritage Sites,” Forum on Protection of Cultural Heritage at Wuxi City: Protection of Heritage Canals, Wuxi, China, 8-11 April. 

2010, Cameron, C., 2010, “World Heritage Tourism: Right or Privilege?” 2nd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Evora, Portugal, 22-26 June.

2009, Cameron C., “Canadian Heritage Legislation: A Case Study,” Consensus Building and Site Management Workshop, Los Angeles, Getty Conservation Institute, 2 December.

2009, Cameron C.,  “ Research Challenges for the Conservation of World Heritage Sites,” Inauguration of the UNESCO Chair on Preventive Conservation, Maintenance and Monitoring at the Raymond Lemaire International Centrefor Conservation, Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, 24 March.

2008, Cameron C., “Evolution of the Concept of Outstanding Universal Value,” International Symposium on the Application for World Heritage Status of Mount Fuji, Fuji City, Japan, 9 November. 


Architecture, history of architecture, heritage conservation, cultural history, cultural landscapes