N.S. ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS Lecture Series beginning April 19, 2018

In announcing these public talks, Sharon Fogo, Architect and Co-ordinator of the South Shore Chapter, Nova Scotia Association of Architects, quoted the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill: “We shape our homes and then our homes shape us”. The same could be said of all of the buildings that we, as humans, inhabit during our lifetimes. For better or for worse, buildings reflect our understanding of what is important for the function and living quality of our communities.

The process and work of Architects is often hidden and unexplained. This Series is intended to present a variety of Architectural topics by local Architects who live and work within our South Shore community. The Architects who present the topics are diverse both in their educational, professional and life experiences. We are hopeful that the Community will enjoy these presentations and ignite a shared interest in the improvement of our built environment.

“Our School is very excited to have this relationship with the Nova Scotia Association of Architects, and to host this interesting series of public talks”, says LSA Chair, the Honourable Wilfred P. Moore.

Nova Scotia Association of Architects South Shore Chapter
with Lunenburg School of the Arts “Lecture Series 2018”
Starting: Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:00pm

The Stabilization of Neighbourhoods as an Accidental Effect of Over-Cladding.
Presenter: Gregory MacNeil, NSAA, MRAIC, Jerry MacNeil Architects Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Over-cladding with vinyl or aluminum siding is a progressive phenomenon largely dependent on social economic conditions and is every bit as pervasive as an insect infestation or tidal erosion, in both its manifestation and challenge. While conservationists choose to debate the many issues surrounding modern extruded sidings and trims the over-cladding industry is forging ahead with their work orders, historic structure by historic structure.

To many property owners over-cladding alterations are an effective operating and maintenance cost control that offers the benefit of a fashionable new modern material. Aluminum and vinyl siding is known to be cost effective in application with an expected durability and life to first maintenance of approximately 30 years.

As a mitigation mechanism that does not address the surface fabric directly, overcladding can make a structurally stable building weathertight, enabling continued occupancy of the building that provides security against intruders, thereby initiating stabilization. Viewed as a ‘onetime’ veneer, over-cladding can be the passive component of a temporary protection process.

Stabilization through over-cladding allows for conservation, interpretation, reconstruction and restoration at a later date by protecting the building’s exterior surfaces. Since many historic neighborhoods were over-clad in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s there exists a current and future historic resource that requires immediate thoughtful consideration as the initial stabilization effort ends. As conservationists we must now choose between abstention, reconstitution, substitution, circumvention, and acceleration.

All to often conservationists view over-cladding as the destruction of the resource. This paper will demonstrate that over-cladding can instead be viewed as the beginning of a conservation process.

“Architects live and work in communities across the province and we play a pivotal role in the ongoing evolution of our communities. I’m very pleased that the NSAA and the Lunenburg School of the Arts are partnering on this public lecture series to bring awareness of what we architects do to our fellow citizens. ,” said Gregory MacNeil.

About Gregory MacNeil
Gregory MacNeil is a licensed architect and President of the Nova Scotia Association of Architects. He oversees measured and image-based building documentation and visualization services at Jerry MacNeil Architects Limited, a 40-year old firm permitted as a corporate entity to engage in the practice of architecture in Nova Scotia.

His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Acadia University, Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and Master of Architecture degrees from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and has completed postgraduate studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (ICCROM 12th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology), the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, along with on-site training courses conducted by English Heritage in Building Survey, Archaeological Survey, and Measured Survey for Cultural Heritage in the UK.

He has been published, carried out historic building conservation work in Canada, Germany, and the United States, and has presented papers in Canada, Czech Republic, and the United States. Currently he is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology International Documentation Committee, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) International Wood Committee, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society and the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.

NSAA South Shore Chapter Lecture Series 2018 at Lunenburg School of the Arts Schedule

1. Thursday, April 19th: The Stabilization of Neighbourhoods as an Accidental Effect of Over Cladding
Presenter: Mr. Gregory MacNeil NSAA, MRAIC

2. Thursday, May 17th: The Architect Next Door
Presenter: Mr. William Ungar NSAA MRAIC

3. Thursday, June 21st: The Life and Times of the Shubenacadie Canal
Presenter: Mr. Sydney Dumaresq NSAA FRAIC

4. Thursday, September 20th: China Rising: Residential Development in the New China
Presenter: Ms. Sharon Fogo NSAA FRAIC

5. Thursday, October 18th: Context and Constraints: Renovating a 19th Century Cape House
Presenter: Ms. Krista Boehner NSAA MRAIC

6. Thursday, November 15th: Making a Material Difference
Presenter: Mr. Graham Edgar NSAA MRAIC