Associate Professor, Undergraduate Supervisor
|Degrees:||B.Sc. (Architecture), B. Architecture (McGill), M.Sc. Planning – Conservation of the Built Environment (Montreal)|
|Phone:||613-520-2600 x 4033|
|Office:||Dunton Tower 1218|
|Website:||Waste Heritage Research|
Cross-appointed with the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism.
Teaching and research areas
Sustainable heritage conservation; modern and industrial heritage; urban parks and cultural landscapes; heritage policy and practices in Canada; urban housing and environmental histories; landscapes of water supply; heritage values and waste; building deterioration, deconstruction and re-use; climate change and cultural heritage management. See also below for more detail. Upcoming courses:
- Fall 2023:
- Winter 2024:
- CDNS 5402 /ARCH 5002 Heritage Conservation: Theory in Practice
- CDNS 2400 Heritage Principles and Practices in Canada
Recent publications and other announcements – see below for older publications and presentations
- NEW: Susan M. Ross, “Sustainable Heritage in Practice: Relationships, Goals, Localization and Models,” in Cameron, Christina, editor, Evolving Heritage Conservation Practice in the 21st Century, Creativity, Heritage and the City, vol 5, Singapore: Springer Nature, 2023, 113-128. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-2123-2_7
- Susan Ross, “Reclaiming extractive/landfill landscape as park and enviro-centre,” TICCIH Bulletin 97, 2022, pp.6-9.
- June 3-4, 2022 ICOMOS University Forum recordings now available: Knowledge Areas for Climate Adaptation part of Just Transitions: Heritage Education for Climate Adaptation
- Susan Ross, “Lessons learned: Case studies of sustainable heritage conservation–from Burlington to Batawa.” Acorn Magazine, Spring 2022, pp. 12-13.
- See the related 10 new student case studies from CDNS 5403-4403: Sustainable Heritage Case Studies
- Susan M. Ross, “The Spectacle of Reuse: Recirculating Urban Salvage at Pittsburgh’s Construction Junction,” Metropolitics (Urban Wastes, Present and Future issue) 29 April 2022.
- Susan Ross, Addressing climate change by retrofitting Canada’s existing buildings, Policy Options, June 14, 2021.
- Carleton University signs MOU with Climate Heritage Network. April 23, 2021.
- Website Ottawa School Heritage based on student work from CDNS 5402 W 2020, completed with help from Micah Norris, SICS MA student, and funding from a Heritage Ottawa Gordon Cullingham research grant. October 24, 2020.
- Susan M. Ross. 2020. “Re-evaluating Heritage Waste: Sustaining Material Values through Deconstruction and Reuse” The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/17567505.2020.1723259
- Susan Ross and Victoria Angel. 2020. Heritage and Waste: Introduction. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development 10.1. Access here: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JCHMSD-02-2020-116/full/html. Complete table of contents
I am a licensed architect (OAQ), born in Montreal and a graduate of McGill University and Université de Montréal. My passion for cities, and their complex natural/cultural histories took me to Berlin for four years in the 1990s. Since 2002 I have been based in Ottawa, where some of my Scottish, Irish and French ancestors settled, starting in the 1830s. I bring to my teaching and research over twenty years of practice outside the university, and a strong belief in public education and community engagement. As a fluent speaker of English, French and German, I am delighted to work with students or collaborate with others in any of these languages.
I have worked as a registered architect in the private sector, held teaching and research positions in Canadian universities, and both volunteered and been employed by local, national and international heritage organizations. In my most recent work prior to coming to Carleton I was senior conservation architect in the federal government.
As an architect, my project work has included museums, hospitals, schools, factories, a power station, lighthouses, office buildings, housing and houses. This involved new design, rehabilitation, additions, interiors, and condition assessments. I am happy to share more information on my professional career as an architect on request. While working in government I also worked on policy, and I played a lead role in the revisions of the second edition of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, in particular to address cultural landscapes, modern heritage and sustainability.
- Research associations and interests
I am interested in working with graduate students to supervise research in areas related to my current or past research or to places in cities that I have studied, including Montreal, Ottawa and Berlin. As a faculty associate of the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), a research professor with the NSERC CREATE HeritageEngineering grant programme, and as a registered architect, I am also interested in supervision of students working in a wide range of architectural/engineering heritage conservation and sustainability themes. I am also a member of the Carleton Climate Commons Working Group and a faculty research associate in the Carleton Centre for Public History. Recent supervisions are listed under the Teaching rubric.
My multiple research directions arise from the intersection of the conservation of urban landscapes, modern/industrial heritage, and sustainability.
- Waste Values and Heritage Places: See also the WASTE HERITAGE research website. This work has been presented to the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, the National Trust for Canada, the Association for Critical Heritage Studies, and Build Reuse. In 2017, M.A. student Alison Creba completed an internship on related research at ERA Associates through the CIMS-based New Paradigms – New Tools grant, and in 2018 she pursued additional related research with Rotor and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels in Belgium through a NSERC Create Heritage Engineering Internship and a MITACS Global Links Research Award. A related Symposium was held in October 2018, on Heritage in Reverse: Material Values, Waste and Deconstruction. A special issue of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development was published January 2020, and webinar held in October 2020.
- Critical Landscapes of Water Infrastructure: After recently returning to the subject of my graduate thesis* to participate in a TICCIH report on The Water Industry as World Heritage, I hope to further examine critical perspectives on engineering heritage, (post-) industrial park designs, environmental justice and water rights education in the conservation and transformation of urban waterworks sites. “Waterworks in a changing climate: the R.C. Harris filtration plant, Toronto, Canada,” was published in Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers – Engineering History and Heritage in 2019. *My graduate thesis about the changing landscapes of water supply in Montreal’s Mount Royal was published in Metropolitan Natures: Environmental Histories of Montreal.
- Greening Urban Heritage Districts: A related presentation on the protection of natural heritage in residential districts in Ottawa was made at the annual conference of the Association for Preservation Technology in Quebec City in October 2014. A follow up publication with draft Guidelines for the Conservation of Trees in Heritage Conservation Districts was published in a special issue of APT Bulletin on Cultural Landscapes dedicated to Susan Buggey. Following the recent designation of Macdonald Gardens Park in Lowertown East, a related article on the protection and commemorative values of urban parks in Ottawa is under way, as part of a broader discussion of heritage planning history in Canada.
- Conserving Modest/Moderne Apartment Buildings: Building on inventory work with students in CDNS 5402 W 2015, this research looks at the specific heritage values, conservation issues and opportunities of smaller purpose-built residential blocks in Ottawa and other Canadian cities. Ottawa examples and research led to a book published by Heritage Ottawa in December 2017. My chapter “Conserving ‘modest’ Moderne housing: 1930s apartment buildings in Canada” was published in the Routledge Companion to Art Deco in 2019.
- Ottawa School Heritage: This work started from a student project in CDNS 5402 W 2020, which led to a website published in Fall 2020, completed with help from Micah Norris, SICS MA student, and funding from a Heritage Ottawa Gordon Cullingham research grant. Further research will focus on school demolitions, reuse and commemoration, with an initial focus on the stories and fates of schools in Vanier, Ottawa.
Past published research areas have included modern/industrial heritage typologies and materials and their conservation, sustainable heritage conservation, the sustainability of modern wood heritage and traditional wood technologies, housing costs/affordability and urban theatre design.
Emerging research themes in heritage conservation are explored every year in the School’s graduate-student-organized symposium. For information about the theme of the most recent symposium, see Heritage Conservation Symposium 2021. In 2022 I helped to organize the ICOMOS University Forum Knowledge Areas for Climate Adaptation as part of Just Transitions: Heritage Education for Climate Adaptation
- Teaching at Carleton University
- CDNS 5402 Heritage Conservation Theory in Practice (Winter 2023)
- CDNS 4403/5403 Heritage Conservation and Sustainability (Fall 2021 – taught online)
- Student work from F 2014/2017/2019/21 versions of the course: Sustainable Heritage Case Studies
- Student work from F 2014/2017/2019/21 versions of the course: Sustainable Heritage Case Studies
- CDNS 5401 Heritage Conservation: History, Principles and Concepts (Fall 2021-taught online)
- CDNS 2400 Heritage Conservation in Canada (Winter 2022)
- CDNS 5402 Heritage Conservation: Theory in Practice (Winter 2022)
- CDNS 4403-5403 Heritage conservation and sustainability (Fall 2019)
- CDNS 5402 Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice (Winter 2020)
- Student work Ottawa School Heritage
- CDNS 2400 Heritage Conservation in Canada (Winter 2020)
- CDNS 5402 Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice (Fall 2018).
- CDNS 2400 Heritage Conservation in Canada (Winter 2019)
- CDNS 4400 Cultural Landscapes and Identity in Canada (Winter 2019)
- CDNS 4403/5003 – Heritage Conservation and Sustainability (Fall 2017)
- Project related website: Sustainable Heritage Case Studies
- CDNS 5402 – Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice (Winter 2018)
- CDNS 2400 – Heritage Conservation in Canada (Winter 2018)
- CDNS 4400 Cultural Landscapes and Identity in Canada (Fall 2016)
- CDNS 5402 – Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice (Winter 2017)
- CDNS 2400 – Heritage Conservation in Canada (Winter 2017)
- CDNS 4400 – Cultural Landscapes and Identity in Canada(Fall 2015)
- CDNS 5402 – Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice (Winter 2016)
- CDNS 2400 – Heritage Conservation in Canada (Winter 2016)
- CDNS 1101 Ottawa: Exploring National Institutions (Summer 2016)
- CDNS 1101 – Ottawa: Exploring National Institutions
- CDNS 4901/5003 – Special Topics: Heritage Conservation and Sustainability
- CDNS 2400 – Heritage Conservation in Canada
- CDNS 5402 – Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice
- CDNS 5401 – Heritage Conservation I: History, Principles, and Concepts
- CDNS 5402 – Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice.
- Project related website and report: Macdonald Gardens, Lowertown East: A Study in Community Heritage
2012-2013 Courses (School of Architecture and Urbanism)
- ARCN 4200 – Building Pathology and Rehabilitation
Supervision – Thesis/Major Research Essay/Directed Studies
- Greg Macpherson, Disassembling Ontario: Assessing Deconstruction Policy as a Circular Heritage Conservation Strategy, Major Research Essay (M.A.), School of Canadian Studies, 2023.
- Jack Hollinger, Tactility in Heritage Conservation: The Importance of Understanding Wood and the Craft of Its Usage, Directed Studies (M.A.) School of Canadian Studies, 2022.
- Kevin Complido, “Symbols and Sentinels: Cultivating Literacy of Place in Central Industrial, Saskatoon,” Thesis (M.Arch), School of Architecture and Urbanism, 2020. (Co-supervision with Mariana Esponda)
- Nansen Murray, Averting heritage loss by expanding conservation treatments: Defining policy for materials salvage for reuse and ruination, at Keno Hill, Yukon Territory, Canada, Major Research Essay (M.A.), School of Canadian Studies, 2020.
- Christie Ellis Wong, Future Heritage for Millwood, Sustainable Place-making in Suburban Nova Scotia, Thesis (M.Arch), School of Architecture and Urbanism, 2020. (Co-supervision with Mariana Esponda)
- Kathleen Jillian Coulthart, Secondary Exploits: Sustaining the Post-Industrial Landscape of the Booth Street Complex through Architectural Reuse & Salvage. Thesis (M.Arch), School of Architecture and Urbanism, 2019. (Co-supervision with Mariana Esponda)
- Mikaela Gallinger, Heritage and Sustainability in Canada and Abroad. Directed Studies (M.A.) School of Canadian Studies, 2019.
- Shiloh Bell, Cultural Landscapes in Canada: Parks, Environments and Communities. Directed Studies (B.A.) School of Canadian Studies, 2018.
- Alison Creba, ON-SITE: Examining Heritage Values at the Deconstruction Site, The Case of Mirvish Village and Hones Ed’s Toronto. Major Research Project (M.R.P.) School of Canadian Studies, 2018.
- Kathleen Chin, The Potential of The Discarded: Creating Affordable Housing from Vacant Buildings. Thesis (M.Arch), School of Architecture and Urbanism, 2018. (Co-supervision with Mariana Esponda)
- Zeynep Ekim, Ruin-Ophilia: Preserving Cultural Narratives of a Lighthouse through Controlled Ruination. Thesis (M.Arch.), School of Architecture and Urbanism, 2017. (Co-supervision with Mariana Esponda)
- Krista Gowan, The ABC’s of Ontario Cultural Resource Management: A Critical Look at How Historical Archaeology Maintains Settler Systems, Spaces and Stories. Major Research Essay (M.A.), School of Canadian Studies, 2017.
- Carly Farmer, The Industrial Heritage Significance of Old Mill Park, Lindsay, Ontario. Directed Studies (M.Arch.) School of Canadian Studies, 2015.
- Stephanie Elliott, In the (Historical) Moment: Theme Park Interactive Techniques in History Museums. Major Research Essay (M.A.), School of Canadian Studies, 2015.
- Victoria Ellis, Charting the Myths of Franklin’s Lost Expedition: History, Myth and Archaeological Potential in the North West Passage. Directed Studies (M.A.) School of Canadian Studies, 2014.
- Margaret Caron-Vuotari, History, Heritage and Conservation: Workers Housing in Canada. Directed Studies (M.A.) School of Canadian Studies, 2014.
PhD. Comprehensive Examination Committee
- Victoria Pelky, Carleton University, subjects: Regionalism, Identity, Space, Place and Placemaking, February 2023
- Helen Knibb, Trent University, subject: Vernacular Architecture, September, 2017
Reviewer/Reader – Thesis/Major Research Essay
- Micah Norris, Heritage Lost or Heritage Gained? Examining the Value of Damage and Destruction at World Heritage Sites. Major Research Essay (M.A.), School of Canadian Studies, 2022.
- Jack Mallon, Colonial Idol and Criminal Effigy: Anti-colonial Iconoclasm in twentieth-first century Canada, Major Research Essay (M.A.), School of Canadian Studies, 2021.
- Alexander Robinson, The Re-Amortization Act: A Material Durational Agenda for Conservation, Thesis (M.Arch.), University of Waterloo, 2021.
- Étienne Bérubé, Climate Change and Architectural Conservation Resiliency: How to Measure Environmental Impacts on Historic Sites and their Surrounding Communities. Thesis (M.Arch), School of Architecture and Urbanism, 2021.
- Larissa Ide, Balancing Trade-Offs Between Deep Energy Retrofits and Heritage Conservation, Thesis (M.A.Sc. Civil Engineering), 2020.
- Casey Gray, Sites of Grave Meaning: The Heritage of Human Remains on the Rideau Canal, Thesis (M.A.), School of Canadian Studies, 2018.
- Sarah Chelchowski, Absent Stakeholders: The Redevelopment of Kingston Penitentiary, Major Research Essay (M.A. Public History), 2018.
- Nathalie Miller, Conservation of Historic Timber Structures: Case Study of the Governor General’s Pavilion Roof, Thesis (M.A.Sc. Civil Engineering), 2017.
- Alex Federman, Documentation for the Conservation of Built Heritage: Analysis of Recording Methodologies, Thesis (M.A.Sc. Civil Engineering), 2017.
- Carly Farmer, Regenerating the Heart of Rural Ontario: New Life for Old Mills, Thesis (M.Arch), School of Architecture and Urbanism. 2017.
- Hillary Little, Revealing Memory: Rehabilitating Pedestrian Experience at the Central Experimental Farm, Thesis (M.Arch), School of Architecture and Urbanism. 2017.
- Nicole Howell, Beyond Visualization: Spatial Presence and Virtual Heritage, Thesis (M.Arch), School of Architecture and Urbanism. 2017.
- Taylor Balodis, Deconstruction and Design for Disassembly: Analyzing Building Material Salvage and Reuse, Thesis (M.Arch), School of Architecture and Urbanism. 2017.
- Michael Steinhauer, The Changing Face of Canada’s Parliament Buildings: An Analysis of the Visual Representation, Thesis (M.A. Art History), School of Visual Arts and Culture, 2016
- Cassandra Joyce, Owning the Podium: The Competing Priorities of Participation and Excellence in Canadian Federal Sports Policy, Major Research Essay (M.A.), School of Canadian Studies, 2015.
- Trina Cooper-Bolam, Healing Heritage: New Approaches to Commemorating Canada’s Indian Residential School System, Thesis (M.A.), School of Canadian of Studies, 2014.
- Darcy Charlton, Digital Applications for Heritage Architecture: Using Location-based Technologies to Contextualize Digital Cultural Heritage Assets, Thesis (M.Arch.), School of Architecture and Urbanism, 2010.
- J. Alan MacCraken, Strategies of Reconstruction and Alteration: Berlin and the Palace of the Republic, Thesis (M.Arch.), Carleton University School of Architecture and Urbanism, 2009.
- Professional activities and honours
- Ordre des Architectes du Quebec (OAQ)
- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
- Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC- LEED AP)
- Association for Preservation Technology International (APT)
- ICOMOS Canada
- Co-chair, APT Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation’s Education and Research Focus Group.
- Co-chair, National Roundtable on Heritage Education
- Co-ordinator, APT Outaouais-Ottawa Valley Chapter
- Expert Member, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability
Honours & Awards (recent)
- Inducted into the College of Fellows, Association for Preservation Technology International, 2013.
- Carleton University FASS Junior Research Award, 2016.
- Publications and presentations
- Co-editor with Carolyn Quinn and Richard Belliveau. From Walk Up to High-Rise: Ottawa’s Historic Apartment Buildings, Heritage Ottawa (2017).
- “Conserving ‘modest’ Moderne housing: 1930s apartment buildings in Canada,” in The Routledge Companion to Art Deco (Bridget Elliott and Michael Windover, editors), Routledge (2019), 317-339. Available as e-book from the Carleton University library.
- “Conserver le bois moderne: des stratégies environnementales pour un patrimoine organique,” in La sauvegarde de l’architecture moderne (F. Vanlaethem and M.-J.Therrien, editors), UQAM (2014), 305-324.
- “Hidden Water in the Landscape: the Covered Reservoirs of Mount Royal,” in Metropolitan Natures: Environmental Histories of Montreal (S. Castonguay and M. Dagenais, editors), Pittsburgh University Press (2012), 115-132.
Journal Articles and Papers in Proceedings
- “Re-evaluating Heritage Waste: Sustaining Material Values through Deconstruction and Reuse,” The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/17567505.2020.1723259
- “Heritage and Waste: Introduction” (with Victoria Angel), Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development 10.1. Access here: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JCHMSD-02-2020-116/full/html
- “Waterworks in a changing climate: the R.C. Harris filtration plant, Toronto, Canada,” Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers – Engineering History and Heritage 172.3 (2019): 125-135. https://doi.org/10.1680/jenhh.18.00025
- “Vancouver Experiment: Reinventing a Modern University Campus.” Conference paper August 29, 2018 at Docomomo International conference, Metamorphosis, the Continuity of Change, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018)
- “Case study: R.C. Harris filtration plant, Toronto, Canada”, in Douet, J. (2018).The Water Industry as World Heritage, Thematic Study. Barcelona: TICCIH. Also report scientific committee.
- “Sustainable Conservation Strategies for Canada’s Modernist Wood Legacy.” Journal of Architectural Conservation 23.3, 171-189. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13556207.2017.1330385
- “Enhancing Conservation Tools for Natural Heritage in Historic Districts,” Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin (2016).
- “How Appropriate is Our Technological Heritage?” Carleton University School of Canadian Studies Heritage Conservation Symposium (proceedings), Carleton University (2013).
- “How Green was Canadian Modernism? How Sustainable Will it Be?” Docomomo International Journal, special Canada Modern issue (2008). Nb. Also published in a French version.
- “Integrating Environmental and Cultural Sustainability” (with Andrew Powter), Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin (2005).
- “Steam or Water Power? Thomas C. Keefer and the Engineers Discuss the Montreal Waterworks in 1852,” Industrial Archaeology (2003).
- “Montreal’s Grain Elevator no.5, The Uncertain Fate of a Modern Icon,” Docomomo International Journal (2003).
- “Pure Water in The City: Covering the Reservoirs on Mount Royal” in Landscapes of Water: History, Innovation and Sustainable Design (conference proceedings), Politecnico di Bari (2002).
- Ross, S. (2017).”Keyword: Deconstruction Waste (Building).” Discard Studies
- Ross, S. (2017). “A Bibliography on Demolition Waste and Deconstruction.” Discard Studies
- Reports for the Indigenous Learning Place project:
- Desrochers-Turgeon, L., Zanussi, D., and Ross, S. (2017). Indigenous Learning Place Precedents Research 2017
- Ross, S. (2017). Carleton University Amphitheatre – History and Significance
- News on student based research:
- Rubinstein, D. (2017) “Lifting Macdonald Gardens Park: Students Help Secure Heritage Designation,” Carleton Stories
- McPherson, L. (2017) “Architecture Students Become Global Interns,” Carleton Newsroom
Presented papers, invited lectures, panels and other public talks (since 2014 only)
- Conference paper, June 10, 2021. “Urban Salvage Yards as Hubs for Emerging Repair and Reuse Communities.” Conference Re-opening the bin—Waste, economy, culture and society. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
- Conference paper, May 29, 2021. “Cultivating paradoxical views of landscapes of loss.” Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Annual conference, Architecture in the clouds.
- Lecture/Panel, May 20, 2021. “On Deconstruction/Heritage & Sustainability,” On Deconstruction. Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. See link for video.
- Panel, March 31, 2021. “Communicating Heritage as Climate Action.” National Trust for Canada Gathering of the Heritage Sector. See link for video.
- Lecture/Panel, February 23, 2021. “What is the contribution of the built environment to a healthy city?” FASS Healthy Cities, Carleton University. See link for video.
- Roundtable, February 18, 2021. “Retrofit – Energy Crises & Climate Exigencies from Preservation’s Perspective.” Future Anterior Journal
author roundtable organized by guest editors Fallon Aidoo and Daniel Barber.
- Invited lecture, October 26, 2020. “Conservation du patrimoine bâti et développement durable: des valeurs aux objectifs.” Université de Montréal.
- Webinar talk, October 16, 2020. “Waste and New Heritage Values.” Heritage and Waste: Values, Circular Economy and Deconstruction. See link for video.
- Conference paper, October 6, 2020. “Reinventing the Discards of Modern Heritage through Salvage and Reuse.” Joint APT-NTC conference.
- Workshop October 29, 2019, “Heritage and Waste: Defining a Research Agenda,” BMRA/Building Reuse Decon & Reuse Conference 2019, Pittsburgh
- Invited speaker, walking tour, July 17, 2019, “Exploring the Mountain’s Role as Water Tower,” Edible Environments: In and Beyond Montreal Summer Workshop, Concordia University.
- Invited speaker, May 3, 2019, “Réinvention durable du campus de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique,” Docomomo Quebec (UQAM, Montreal), Journée d’étude “Vers le patrimoine moderne durable”
- Lecture April 30, 2019, “Research on waste heritage as part of the New Paradigms New Tools SSHRC grant,” CIMS (Carleton).
- Invited lecture April 3, 2019, Les déchet architecturaux: réutilisés, déplacés, revalorisés as part of the Séminaire en muséologie et pratiques des arts: L’objet (prof. Mélanie Boucher), at UQO Pavilion Lucien-Brault, Gatineau, Quebec.
- Invited speaker January 18, 2019, in Friends of Art History Visual Culture Lecture Series: “Re-using / Re-locating, Architecture’s Discards” St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University
- Conference paper Dec.6, 2018, Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage Final Roundtable Looking Back Looking Forward. “The 2011 Montreal Roundtable: Impact of Sustainability Strategies on Heritage Conservation Practice.”
- Invited lecture Nov.20, 2018 at the Centre of Transnational Analysis’s Global Pedagogies Workshop Rethinking (art) history and its historiographic frameworks on “Teaching the History of Canadian Heritage Practice as part of International Conservation Associations.”
- Symposium organizer Oct.26-27, 2018, Carleton University: Heritage in Reverse: Material Values, Waste and Deconstruction
- Conference paper August 29, 2018 at Docomomo International conference, Metamorphosis, the Continuity of Change, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018): “Vancouver Experiment: Reinventing a Modern University Campus.”
- Invited speaker April 13, 2018, at TICCIH thematic conference The International Heritage of the Water Industry, Barcelona on “Storing treated water in the historic urban landscape: Montreal.”
- Book launch and lecture “Between the Wars: 1930s Apartment Buildings in Ottawa,” From Walk Up to High-Rise: Ottawa’s Historic Apartment Buildings, Heritage Ottawa (2017).
- FASS CU in the City Panel Old Buildings/New Forms: Transforming Ottawa (2016)
- “Urban Waste (Places) and Heritage Values,” Association for Critical Heritage Studies, Montreal (2016)
- “Heritage (Waste) and Sustainability: Recent Developments in Policy and Research,” National Trust for Canada, Calgary, AB (2015)
- “Deciphering an Urban Palimpsest: Lowertown’s Macdonald Gardens,” CHESS: Canadian History & Environment Summer School, Ottawa (2015)
- “The Contribution of Architecture to Heritage Conservation,” Interdisciplinarity and Heritage Conservation: from Theory to Practice, Round Table Organized by the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage Faculty of Environmental Design, Université de Montréal (2015).
- “Can We Use Heritage Conservation Districts to Make Historic Ottawa Neighbourhoods More Sustainable and Resilient?” Association for Preservation Technology International, Quebec City (2014)
- “Flotsam, Jetsam and Derelict: Classifications of Architectural Waste” Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Fredericton, NB (2014).
- “Overview of 2014 Round Table,” Exploring the Cultural Value of Nature: a World Heritage Context, Round Table Organized by the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage Faculty of Environmental Design, Université de Montréal (2014).
- “Architecture and the Canadian Fabric,” edited by Rhodri Windsor Liscombe, Scientia Canadensis (2016)
- “Sustainable Renovation: Strategies for Commercial Building Systems and Envelope,” by Lisa Gelfand and Chris Duncan,” APT Bulletin (2013).
- “Water, Time and European Cities, History Matters for the Futures,” P.S. Juuti, T.S. Katko, ed., Industrial Archaeology (2006)
Essay in Artist Catalogue
- “Undermining the Brigus Landscape,” in Robert Tombs: Brigus Mark 07/12/07, Ottawa: L’Arène (2016). PDF available on Academia.edu.
- Ann D. Horowitz, Maria F. Lopez, Susan M. Ross and Jennifer A. Sparenberg, Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Conservation: A Literature Review. Association for Preservation Technology, Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation (2016).
Community and other report
- Victoria Ellis, Susan Ross, editors, Macdonald Gardens, A Neighbourhood in Lowertown East: A Study in Community Heritage. (2014)