Carleton research on architectural heritage technology receives SSHRC support

Stephen Fai of Carleton University
Stephen Fai of Carleton University

Carleton University faculty member Stephen Fai has received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to support research on architectural heritage technology that places Carleton at the forefront of architectural preservation in Canada.

Fai, associate professor in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Design and director of the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), received a Partnership Grant worth almost $2.5 million over seven years. The grant funds global research involving the theoretical, practical and ethical use of new digital technologies for the conservation of Canada’s architectural heritage.

“The SSHRC Partnership Grant is transformative for our work at the CIMS for two reasons,” says Fai. “First, it assures seven years of funding for national and international training and research opportunities for Carleton students in Architecture and the Humanities.  Secondly, in conjunction with my CIMS colleague Dr. Mario Santana and his NSERC-funded CREATE, it places Carleton at the centre of the academic discourse on architectural heritage in Canada.”

CIMS is a Carleton University research centre dedicated to the advanced study of innovative, hybrid forms of representation that can both reveal the invisible measures of architecture and animate the visible world of construction.