John Dam, Principal

Building Conservation Engineer
B.A.Sc., M.Sc., P.Eng., CAHP, LEED AP


To meet the challenges of preserving our built heritage, John utilizes his experience in building envelope theory, structural design, and material science while remaining conscious of the demands associated with conservation philosophy and construction economics.

Combining his Master of Science in the Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Bath (2012) with his 12 years of experience as a building envelope and structural restoration engineer, John brings the unique perspective of consulting engineering to the field of built heritage conservation.

In 2012, John Dam and Associates Inc. was launched to provide consulting engineering services focusing on the needs of the heritage community. John specializes in the conservation of historic structures, building envelopes, and materials including the renewal of buildings as a whole.

Based in Victoria, B.C., JDA works with owners and property managers, architects, developers and contractors to preserve our built heritage – locally and across Canada.

Previously, John acquired his Professional Specialization Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning from the University of Victoria in 2009, and completed the AIBC Building Envelope Education Program in 2005, after gaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science from UBC in 1996.

John is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists – BC, the Canadian Association for Heritage Professionals sitting on the Qualifications Committee, the Association for Preservation Technology providing peer review of technical papers, a board member of the Victoria Hallmark Heritage Society, and sits on the Victoria Heritage Advisory Panel.



  • Sessional lecturer for the University of Victoria – Cultural Resource Management Program
  • Fashion or Function: A Study of the English Flying Buttress, Master of Science Dissertation – 2012, University of Bath, UK
  • Sustainably Conserving the Heritage of the Past for the Occupant of the Future – A Case Study of The Hudson, presented at the 2010
    Association for Preservation Technology Annual Conference and published in the APTI Bulletin – Vol XLII, No. 4
  • Computer Simulation as a Decision Support Tool for Adaptive Re-Use of Heritage Structures, presented at the 2009 Heritage Canada
    Foundation Annual Conference and published in Pushing the Envelope Canada – Fall 2010
  • Façade Restoration: Innovation with Economy, presented at the RCI, Incorporated 2006 Symposium on Building Envelope Technology

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