Short Bio: Susan Ross is Assistant Professor teaching graduate seminars and undergraduate courses in heritage conservation in the Carleton School of Canadian Studies. Originally from Montreal, Ross has been based in Ottawa since 2002. She has worked as a registered architect in the private sector in Montreal and Berlin, held teaching and research positions in Canadian universities, and both volunteered and been employed by local, national and international heritage organizations. Prior to coming to Carleton, Ross was senior conservation architect in the federal government. Ross started teaching at Carleton University in the School of Architecture as a contract instructor in 2012. Ross’s work has included new design, rehabilitation, additions, interiors, and condition assessments for museums, hospitals, schools, factories, a power station, lighthouses, office buildings, housing and houses. In recent years Ross has lectured extensively on the principles and practices of sustainable heritage conservation, making connections between the environmental and heritage conservation movements. Ross is interested in contributing to public education and awareness of heritage conservation.
Research: “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); “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); “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); “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).