Cushing Design Group is a boutique heritage consulting firm based out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Our project work connects us with:
all orders of government;
individual property owners;
partnering firms; and
community groups, among others.
We work with our clients to plan and conserve cultural heritage resources (e.g. historic homes, institutional buildings, streetscapes, agricultural buildings, landscapes, among others).
Elizabeth Cushing holds a Bachelor of Public Policy and Administration with a minor in Economics from Carleton University, and a Master of Planning from Dalhousie University. Elizabeth’s graduate research focused on heritage conservation policies in Halifax, Nova Scotia; specifically, how historical and current planning policies and theories have influenced local heritage conservation practices and how to incorporate moderate density in a historical environment. Elizabeth is an Intern Member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) and Candidate Member of Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).
Prior to establishing Cushing Design Group, Elizabeth worked for Golder Associates Ltd. as a Cultural Heritage Specialist. In this role, Elizabeth prepared and produced professional Cultural Heritage Evaluation Reports (CHERs), Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs), Heritage Conservation Plans, Heritage Documentation Reports and Design Assessments and other cultural heritage studies and plans for public and private sector clients, including Metrolinx, City of Hamilton, Hydro One and City of Markham. Elizabeth also spearheaded the company’s expansion into the Canadian Maritime market, working with private sector clients and the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Elizabeth has previous policy and public-sector experience working with Health Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Province of Nova Scotia, and Parliament of Canada. Elizabeth served on the Board of Directors for CIP (2016-2018). She acted as a Board Liaison for the Indigenous Community Planning Committee and Membership Committee and established the Student Affairs Sub-committee.
Elizabeth specializes in developing creative approaches to heritage conservation that include a broad set of cultural values, including economic viability.