John Ward

Preventive Conservation Advisor, Heritage Interiors Conservation Division

Main areas of work and/or specializations

  • conservation of heritage interiors and finishes, decorative architectural assets and elements
  • planning and locating monuments and large scale art works
  • advisory services for museum, gallery and archives design


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John Ward

John Ward was trained and qualified as an architect at University College, London (UK). He completed a Master’s in Conservation of the Built Environment at the University of Montréal (1995). John was with the Heritage Conservation Directorate, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), between 1996 and 2009. He contributed to conservation guidelines, intervention reviews and evaluations of federal heritage buildings for the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office (FHBRO). He also undertook reviews of management plans for National Historic Sites of Canada and provided strategic advice to the Parks Canada National Historic Sites Directorate.

Between 2002 and 2004, John was the Heritage Conservation Directorate’s Coordinator for FHBRO intervention reviews. From 2004 to 2009, he was involved in providing design management advisory services (heritage conservation discipline) to PWGSC project managers for buildings mostly around Parliament Hill as well as at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Central Experimental Farm. He was also involved in undertaking reports for the review of alteration for Federal Heritage Railway Stations. In 2006–2007, John worked for a year as a heritage planner with the City of Vancouver. Between 2005 and 2012, he served as a vice-president of the International Council on Monuments and Sites Canada.

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