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Ève Wertheimer, OAQ, M.Sc

Student at the Chair from 2012 to 2015

Doctoral Candidate
Faculté de l'aménagement

Ève Wertheimer


Ève Wertheimer has been enrolled in the Ph.D. programme of the Faculté de l'aménagement at the Université de Montréal since autumn 2012. She is an architect with a Master’s degree in the conservation of historic towns and buildings from the Raymond Lemaire Centre at Leuven University in Belgium (2001). She has more than ten years of experience in the heritage field in both the private and public sectors, holding a position as a conservation architect in the Heritage Conservation Directorate at Public Works and Government Services Canada, and most recently was the Heritage Program Manager for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. Ève has been involved in numerous conservation projects of various scales at several important sites, including Parliament Hill and Rideau Hall in Ottawa, and the Canadian Vimy Memorial in France. She is also very active as a volunteer, and among others has served on the Heritage Advisory Committee of the City of Ottawa for several years.

PhD project

Du ‘wilderness’ au paysage culturel: changement de paradigme et gestion du patrimoine culturel dans les aires naturelles protégées (titre provisoire)

Description of research project

The emergence of the concept of 'cultural landscape' in the field of heritage conservation in the last twenty years reflects a holistic view of heritage, beyond concepts centered on the monument that have prevailed so long. It manifests itself by new categories of designation as well as a change in the way cultural and natural heritage is managed, with greater involvement of the local community, the development of interdisciplinary approaches, the flexibility of planning systems and administration. However, this concept often proves more difficult to accept and implement in the context of natural protected areas, including national parks. However, we recognize that many of the areas designated as national parks in Canada are rich with traces of an ancient and often continuous human presence. Focused on examining the gap between theory and practice in the recognition of the concept of 'cultural landscape', this work aims to contribute to the critical analysis of the history of Canadian Parks, recently begun in the field of history environment. Through case studies, it will focus specifically on the dimension of cultural heritage, the changes in management and mechanisms being applied in protected natural areas to recognize and protect their cultural dimensions.

Selected Bibliography

Books, articles and reports

2007, Smith, J., Wertheimer, E.,  « Documentation de la restauration du monument canadien de Vimy – Monument commémoratif du Canada à Vimy, » rapport préparé pour Anciens Combattants Canada, Direction de la conservation du patrimoine, Travaux publics et services gouvernementaux Canada, 127 p.

 2005, Lefebvre, C., Wertheimer, È., « Conserver dans les Règles,» Continuité - le magazine du patrimoine au Québec, no. 104, p.11-13. 

2005, Lefebvre, C., Wertheimer, È., « Un nouveau manuel pour la conservation des lieux patrimoniaux au Canada, » Urbanité, mars, p.28-30. 

2005, Lefebvre, C., Wertheimer, È., “Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, ” Canadian Architect, 50, no.2, p.25-26. 


2013, Wertheimer, E., « Conserving the Agricultural Heritage of Canada’s Capital Greenbelt, » Protected Areas in a Changing World, Conférence de la George Wright Society, Denver, États-Unis, 12-16 mars. 

2011, Wertheimer, E., “Les paysages culturels du Parc de la Gatineau,” conférence publique prononcée pour les Amis du Parc de la Gatineau, Chelsea, Québec, 20 février.  

2010, Wertheimer, E., “A Long-Standing Commitment to Heritage: Conservation at the National Capital Commission,” conference publique, Héritage Ottawa, Ottawa, 20 October. 

2003, Wertheimer, E., “Montreal’s Sulpician Estate: Thirty Years of Change in Defining Heritage Boundaries”,Viewscapes and Boundaries: Defining the Edges of Heritage Areas,” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, St. John's, Newfoundland.