My name is Philip Finlayson. I am a Carpenter by trade, Historian by education. I started in construction in the late 80s’ while still in high school. Following high school, my next 10 years were spent picking away at post-secondary academics while continuing in construction. On concluding my Bachelor of Arts in History at Simon Fraser University, I completed a full apprenticeship in Carpentry in less than three years (time off for experience). I followed with an apprenticeship in the Joinery/Cabinetmaker trade.
In 2006, I was hired by Vintage Woodworks Inc. They specialize in wood window restoration, and owner and heritage window expert, Jim Stiven is a prominent heritage figure in British Columbia. I found myself in a career path where I could combine my academics and my work experience. Since then I have worked with some of the leading heritage professionals in the Lower Mainland on heritage windows and storefronts, while continuing with general carpentry. Currently, I hold memberships with Heritage Canada, the Association for Preservation Technologists and the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.
In 2008, my work led to me managing a storefront and window restoration of the “Alhambra Hotel” (the link is a little dated but provides the best historical summery I could find) in Vancouver’s historic Gastown. With my specialized knowledge, I was counted on to take a leading role in design and conservation, and worked hand-in-hand with architects, consultants, the general contractor and ownership, while managing personnel and resources. This project went on to share in the 2010 Lieutenant-Governor of B.C. Award in Architecture.
Last year, I became self-employed, starting Housewright Building & Restoration Ltd. I have been working along the same lines and still strictly on heritage homes. My wife and brother have been working with me.
In the Summer of 2011 I was hired by Tekton Project Management, expressly to provide in-house heritage expertise and site supervision for the Kilby Historic Site’s exterior restoration of the Museum and General Store. That project has been recently completed and has won rave reviews from the stakeholders, including staff, public and the Province of British Columbia Heritage Branch.
My goal is to continue to evolve my role in heritage conservation, with an eye on management and planning for heritage resources. To that end, I completed a number of architecture courses at BCIT and have been involved in the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s “Old School” programme both as a student and instructor. I am currently enrolled in the University of Victoria’s Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning.
Feel free to browse my CV.
Talk to you again soon.