Alastair Kerr is a specialist in heritage planning and historic resource evaluation. He has a BA and an MA in art and architectural history from the University of Victoria.
For almost 38 years, Kerr worked for the British Columbia Heritage Branch, where he focused extensively on policy analysis and development, strategic planning, historic resource evaluation, historic site and heritage planning, heritage law, public consultation and participation programs, downtown revitalization, dispute resolution, and training. His last position was the manager of Heritage Programs. He retired from the Province of British Columbia in 2011.
Kerr is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program in the Department of History in Art, where he has taught courses on heritage conservation theory and practice, heritage planning, historic resource evaluation, and cultural tourism.
He has also taught short courses in heritage conservation at Hong Kong University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, the Heritage Canada Foundation, and Parks Canada. Kerr has served on the boards of the Society of the Study of Architecture in Canada, the Association for Preservation Technology, the International Council of Monuments and Sites Canada, the City of Victoria’s Heritage Advisory Committee, Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, Victoria’s Downtown Advisory Committee, and the Victoria Civic Heritage Trust, where he is a past president.
He has written the book Heritage Planning: A Guide for Local Government.