Climate change impacts on cultural heritage: Facing the challenge

Scarlett David

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David Scarlett is Parks Canada’s Chief Architect (Built Heritage).

A graduate of McGill University’s architecture programme, David has spent most of his career working on heritage buildings and sites. During the 1980s, David worked with various private sector architecture firms gaining valuable design and construction experience.

In 1990, David joined the National Capital Commission - the Ottawa-based federal agency responsible for the planning and stewardship of Canada’s national capital – to work as project manager, delivering conservation projects for historic buildings and sites.  From there, David went on to work as National Capital Commission’s Chief Architect from 2001-2015.

In 2015, David assumed the post of Chief Architect (Built Heritage) with Parks Canada, the federal agency responsible protecting and presenting nationally-significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage (including notably 171 national historic sites in vastly different geographic settings and climatic zones.across the country).

Since 2015, David has been at the heart of Parks Canada’s work to understand and respond to the effects of climate change at its heritage places.  In his work advising and supporting Parks Canada’s heritage conservation projects and programmes, David deals with climate change matters on a near-daily basis.