DR. Laurier TURGEON of Laval University’s Institut du patrimoine culturel, will launch the Scientific Symposium.

He will be followed by Keynote Speakers Dr. Pierre Lucier, ICOMOS’ President, Dr. Michael Petzet, Spanish Architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, photographer Pierre Lahoud and geographer Henri Dorion.

Dr. Christina CAMERON, holder of the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, Montreal University and Chairperson of 32nd Session of the World Heritage Committee will close the session.

Following are profiles of the Keynote Speakers.
Christina CAMERON



0505-27a03Pierre LUCIER

Pierre Lucier is currently holder of the Fernand-Dumont Chair on culture at “INRS-Urbanisation, Culture et Société”. He is also guest professor at the department of Religious sciences at UQAM.

He began his career by teaching philosophy in Montreal colleges and theology at Montreal University, then was researcher in education and Special Advisor to the Quebec government on cultural and scientific development (1977-1980). He was then Associate deputy-minister for education (1980-1984), President of the Superior council on education (1984-1989), President of the Council of universities (1989-1990), Deputy-minister for post-graduate education and science (1990-1993), Deputy-minister of Education (1993-1996 et 2003-2005), and President of the University of Quebec (1996-2003). Pierre Lucier’s bibliography comprises more than 200 titles, including works on logic empiricism, Fernand Dumont’s thoughts and Quebec’s universities, articles and papers on questions of culture, epistemology, ethic, education and post-graduate education.

L’esprit du lieu et le désenchantement du monde

«Le maître de l’oracle de Delphes ne
dit pas, ne cache pas, mais signifie.»
Héraclite, fragment 93  

L’idée d’un esprit du lieu qui se cacherait quelque part appartiendrait-elle à un «monde enchanté» en voie de déconstruction? N’y a-t-il pas que des signes, «matériels» pour une large part, qui produisent leur effet «immatériel» en cela même qu’ils signifient? Le déchiffrement des signes et de leur pouvoir de signification pourrait bien dès lors constituer une clef pour les stratégies de repérage, de conservation et de transmission de l’esprit du lieu.



0505-27a03Michael PETZET

Prof. Dr. Michael Petzet, President of the German National ICOMOS Committee and since 1999 President of ICOMOS, studied history of art and archaeology in Munich and Paris. After long lasting activities for the Bavarian State Conservation Office and the Bavarian Administration of Historic Palaces he became Vice Director of the Central Institute for History of Art and organized in 1972 the exhibition of the Bavarian State and the City of Munich on the occasion of the Olympic Summer Games. From 1972 to 1974 he was director of the Lenbachhaus, the Art Museum of the City of Munich. For 25 years (1974 – 1999), in his position as Conservator General, Prof. Petzet directed the Bavarian State Conservation Office, the central authority for the protection and conservation of monuments and sites in Bavaria.

He is the author of numerous books and articles on French architecture of the 17th and 18th century, art and monuments and sites in Bavaria (especially the palaces of King Ludwig II and the architecture of historism) and on general problems concerning monument conservation, editor of several series of publications on questions of conservation.

Genius Loci – the Spirit of Monuments and Sites

In Roman antiquity it was not only man that had his genius, a guardian angel that accompanied him through life and determined his fate, but also certain places, be it a temple or an entire city, had their genius loci, a divine spirit which to this day is certainly a secret ally for us preservationists – provided that we are at all able to recognise the genius loci that is intimately connected to the spiritual message of a place.



0505-27a03Fuensanta NIETO and Enrique SOBEYANO
(Nieto Sobejanoe, architects)

Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano are graduated architects of the Escuela Tenica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid and of the GSAP Columbia University in New York, USA. They teach currently at the Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM) and at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSAM) and are partners of the office Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos S.L.

They have been visiting critics and referents at many Spanish and international universities and institutions. From 1986 to 1991, they were co-editors of the architectural journal ARQUITECTURA published by the Architectural Association of Madrid. Their work has been published in various Spanish and international magazines and books and has been exhibited in many countries, such as Italy (Biennale di Venezia 2000, 2002, 2006), Portugal, Japan, Finland, the USA, etc. Nieto & Sobejano has been awarded 16 first prizes, 10 second prizes and 19 third prizes and honourable mentions in architectural competitions. The latest of their many museum projects is currently being built on the archaeological site of Madinat al Zahra, Córdoba.

...Our first reaction on arrival had to be a definition of the future proposal: we should not build on this landscape. Faced with such a broad expanse still awaiting excavations in the old Arab city, we wanted to work like archaeologists: not to construct a new building, but rather, if we were lucky, we would discover it under the surface, as if the passage of time had kept it hidden right up to the present day...



0505-27a03Pierre LAHOUD

Pierre Lahoud is an historian with a deep passion for aerial photography. He has been dedicated for the past twenty years to his work, always flying, camera at hand. He has captured from the Quebec skies thousands of amazing pictures many of which have been published or exhibited here in Canada and abroad. He works on a regular basis with Professor Henri Dorion and will team with him again during the ICOMOS 16th General Assembly’s opening lectures.



0505-27a03Henri DORION

Professor at Laval University for more than 30 years, Henri Dorion is one of the most renowned and esteemed Quebec geographers in our country. The expertise of this polyglot and well-traveled expert is also much in demand all over the world, as illustrated by his role as President of the United Nations’ expert group on geographical names from 1987 to 1991, and his more than one hundred teaching and research missions for the UN and UNESCO.

Geographer Henri Dorion also had a public career as President of the Commission for the Study of the Integrity of Quebec’s Territory, the Quebec Toponymy Commission and as Quebec’s Official Delegate to Mexico, Russia and Ukraine. On the recommendation of its Faculty of Sciences, the University of Quebec in Montreal officially recognized his invaluable contribution to the development of geography in Quebec and in Canada, to the development of territorial and toponymical studies and for the creation of original links between different disciplines.

Québec recto verso

Québec, comme les autres villes du Patrimoine mondial, exhibe avec fierté  les éléments naturels et humains qui lui valent cet honneur. Mais, l’esprit de lieu se nourrit aussi de ce que recèlent des endroits moins connus et même secrets qui méritent qu’on en révèle l’existence à tous ceux qui s’intéressent à la petite histoire qui sous-tend la notoriété des sites du Patrimoine mondial. Nous présenterons la ville de Québec sous cet angle, en faisant ressortir des points de comparaison avec d’autres villes du réseau.


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