New Tools for Heritage Buildings

Friday January 25, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Stephen Fai

Topic: New Tools for Heritage Buildings
Although Carleton University didn’t follow through with our initial expectations, the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton has been very active here.  Peter Mansfield brought his class here to study the Old Town Hall and to design possible additional facilities there. Professor Stephen Fai has assigned a Graduate Student the task of studying what can be done with the Old Town Hall and has come up with some exciting views. He will explore these ideas with us in the next Almonte Lecture on Friday, 25 January. Some of his new photos will blow you away!


The application of new digital technologies for the documentation, performance, and rehabilitation of our architectural heritage is one of the key research areas at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS). In his Almonte lecture, Professor Fai will present various projects that CIMS is currently involved with, including the documentation of the Almonte Old Town Hall, and discuss the advantages and challenges of the ‘digital’ for heritage conservation.

Speaker’s Profile:

Stephen Fai holds a professional BArch (Carleton) and a PhD in Religious Studies (Ottawa). He is an Associate Professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism where he teaches in the design studio and in the PhD program. He has taught courses on hand drawing and on various themes in the history and the theory of architecture. Professor Fai served as the Acting Director of the School of Architecture (2002 – 2004), Director (2004 – 2005), and Associate Director, Graduate Programs (2006 – 2010). He became the Director of Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) in 2007. Stephen’s research interests are at the intersections of architecture, religion, and representation. These have played out through various projects during his time at CIMS. His most recent focus is on applications of building information modelling for heritage conservation and cultural landscapes.

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