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Mariana Esponda is an Associate Professor on the Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University, and the coordinator of the Architectural Conservation and Sustainability program since 2008. As well as visiting professor in the European Master of Monuments and Historical Constructions (SAHC) since 2010. Following her training as an architect in Mexico she obtained a Phd in 2004 on the “Assessment of the Intervention with Concrete in Restoration of Historical Buildings in Spain and in Mexico,” completed in the Department of Restoration and Construction at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Dr. Esponda has been working on heritage buildings, in both the private and public sector, for the last 15 years in North America as well as Spain and Italy to fully understand historical constructions and to create new sustainable designs. Her projects include restoration on modernism historical facades, adaptive reuse on churches and monasteries, conditional assessment and rehabilitation on existing structures.
As a teacher and a practicing conservation architect, she is dedicated to expanding knowledge and to train young generations about how to improve the quality of heritage buildings and to readapt these historical constructions with new uses and sustainable historical construction, all the while respecting the structure and traditional materials. Dr. Esponda’s research has focused on developing studies on the interaction between traditional techniques and new materials in heritage buildings, with a special focus on assessment of traditional building technologies and to allow a new life through contemporary use. She also studied reinforced concrete during the modern era in order to identify building technology, language-innovation, signs of deterioration and repair.
Dr. Esponda is exploring a new line of investigation in Sustainable Heritage Conservation, balancing cultural and natural heritage, integrating environmental construction techniques, social and economic practices. During her sabbatical research, she studied in detail different preservation cases from the Laurentians, Quebec. Dr. Esponda tried to explore not only the physical aspects of the square log houses, such as the use of traditional building materials, craftsmanship, and construction techniques, but also the socio-cultural values linked to living conditions, a sense of place, and collective memory of the community. Undoubtedly, these wood structures from the end of the 19th century represent material and social constructs, local values, expressions of Canadian identity, and environmental and economical benefits.
Dr. Esponda has published articles about the Canadian, Spanish and Mexican heritage restoration in Canadian and international journals of architecture.