Parliament Hill: Past, Present and Future

This panel looked at the past, present, and future of the buildings and grounds of Parliament Hill – our country’s most significant cultural landscape, whose evolution has influenced the urban character of our national capital while remaining a symbol of, and an inspiration, the nation as a whole.

Julian Smith, Restoration Architect, and Professor in Canadian Studies, Carleton University, provided an historical overview of the architecture of the parliamentary precinct and how it is defined in relation to the surrounding urban fabric.
Lyette Fortin, Architect for the House of Commons, described the architectural planning framework within which new projects for the Hill are being carried out.
Pat Gibson, Director of Planning & Capital Projects, Parliamentary Precinct Directorate, Public Works and Government Services Canada, discussed the rejuvenation plans for Parliament Hill that will allow it to address the needs of the 21st century.
Stuart Lazear, Coordinator of Heritage Services, City of Ottawa, acted as panel moderator.