Over his 48-year career as a student and School of Architecture Director and Professor at the University of Waterloo, Rick Haldenby has observed and, many times, been directly involved in the design of buildings on and off campus.
In this all new talk, Haldenby will weave stories of buildings into a narrative that visits both high and not-so-high points in the development of the built fabric of a great institution.
The second event in the Architectural Conservancy Ontario – North Waterloo Region’s series on the history of school architecture in Waterloo Region consists of two short lectures:
“The One Room Schoolhouse and Beyond: The Work of the Knechtel Firm 1890 – 1930” by Susan Burke
For much of the 19th century, the one room school house played a vital role in the life of Ontario’s rural communities. Change when it came, was slow, much to the chagrin of the passionate cleric, Egerton Ryerson who, as Superintendent of Education, was bent on reform. The schoolhouse designs of this Berlin/Kitchener firm over forty years reveal the gradual implementation of the provincial standards and reflect advances in technology and pedagogical thought and in social change.
“The Modern Schoolhouse: Post-war Growth and Change in Waterloo Region” an all new talk by Rick Haldenby
The education system in Ontario changed dramatically after the Second World War. The population and the economy expanded dramatically. It was clear we needed a highly educated workforce. Cities across the province embarked on a dramatic expansion of their facilities for all levels of education. In our area the expansion was the most dramatic: dozens of new schools were built. Their designs reflected new ideas in architecture and education: some were aggressively modern, some looked back to the traditions of the past and integrated them in hybrid forms. All were designed by local architects. They were of high quality and remain with us today.
Architectural historian Shannon Kyles takes a look at trends in the architecture of Ontario school buildings and the social forces which influenced these. She will open a discussion of how the schoolbuildingboth reflects and contributes to the quality of education.
An illustrated talk, by UW School of Architecture Professor Rick Haldenby, about the beautiful industrial buildings designed by Waterloo Region architects John Lingwood, Barnett and Rieder, Jenkins and Wright in the 1950s and 1960s.
Thanks to Drs. Gail Pool and Frances Stewart for hosting us at their lovely Berlin Vernacular home on Sunday December 6, 2015. It was a real treat to hear, first hand, how they have carefully researched and restored this two-story house, reminiscent of the Queen Anne style of architecture. An inspiring and most enjoyable afternoon!