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Mario Santana Quintero

Associate Professor of Architectural Conservation and Sustainability

Degrees:Architect, Universidad Central de Venezuela; Master, Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings, Ph.D. Engineering (Architecture), Leuven (Belgium); LEL, Doctorate Honoris Causa, Universite de Liege (Belgium)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3093 or 7468
Email:mario.santana@carleton.ca
Office:5207 Canal Building / Carleton Immersive Media Studio, 4th floor, Visualization, Simulation and Modeling Building

Prof. Santana’s mailbox is located in room 3432 C.J. Mackenzie Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

Teaching Assignments 2019-2020

  • CIVE 3207 Historic Site Recording and Assessment
  • CIVE 4601 Building Pathology and Rehabilitation
  • CIVE 4918 Design Group
  • CIVE 5705 Advanced Building Characterization Conservation and Rehabilitation

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • ARCN 4100 Historic Site Recording and Assessment
  • ARCN 4200 Building Pathology and Rehabilitation
  • CIVE 2004 GIS, Surveying, and Graphics
  • CIVE 3207 Historic Site Recording and Assessment
  • CIVE 4601 Building Pathology and Rehabilitation
  • CIVE 4918 Design Group
  • CIVE 5705 Advanced Building Characterization Conservation and Rehabilitation

Current Professional Positions

Professional History

  • 2019 Getty Conservation Institute Scholar
  • 2018 – 2019 Visiting Professor, Unievrsidad de Ibague (Colombia)
  • 2015 – 2019 Vice President, International Scientific Committee for Heritage Documentation (CIPA-ICOMOS)
  • 2010 – 2015 President, International Scientific Committee for Heritage Documentation (CIPA-ICOMOS)
  • 2005 – 2011 Professor, University College St. Lieven (Belgium)
  • 2007 – 2011 Assistant professor, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium);
  • 2006 – 2011 Lecturer, Graduate program in Historic Preservation, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • 2008 – 2011 Guest professor, University of Aachen RWTH (Germany)
  • 2003 – 2004 Visiting professor, Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 2003 – 2005 Coordinator, Information Management Systems work group, UNESCO World Heritage Centre (France)

Research Team

Post-Doctoral Fellows in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Erik Costamagna (2018-2019)

Dr. Sujan Shresta (2016-2018)

Dr. Ona Vileikis  (In Prog.)

Graduate Students in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Abhu Dhanda M.A.Sc. (2019)

Raluca Dobrotescu M.A.Sc. (2018)

Alex Federman M.A.Sc. (2017)

Rachel Gullage M.A.Sc. (In Prog.)

Michael Gutland PhD.(In Prog.)

Renee Halle M.A.Sc. (In Prog.)

Larissa Ide M.A.Sc. (In Prog.)

Jamie Marrs  M.A.Sc. (In Prog.)

Natalie Miller M.A.Sc. (2016)

Kristian Falkjar M.A.Sc. (2019)

Natalie Smith M.A.Sc. (In Prog.)

Adam Weigert M.A.Sc. (In Prog.)

Graduate Students (Architecture)

Reem Awad,  M.A. (Architecture) (2019)

Mariya Boneva  M.A. (Architecture) (2016)

Carly Farmer,  M.A. (Architecture) (2016)

Jesslyn Granda (Architecture) (2017)

Golnaz Karimi M.A. (Architecture) (2019)

Davide Mezzino Ph.D.  (2017), cotutelle with Politenico di Torino (Italy)

Miguel Reina Ortiz Ph.D. (n Prog.)

Sarah Ward M.A. (Architecture) (2015)

Graduates in Aerospace Engineering

Joshua Dalphy M.A.Sc. (2018)

Graduate students outside Carleton University

Wafaa Baabou Ph.D. (n Prog.) L’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Giorgio Cesaro M.Sc. (2011) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Branka Cuca Ph.D. (2010) Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Crystal Hanley M. Sc. (2019) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Veronica Heras Ph.D. (2014) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Pierre Jouan M. Sc. (2019) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Liesbeth Lacroix M.Sc. (2010) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Kitty Man M. Sc. (2019) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Chiara Midali M.A. (Architecture) (2019)

Antigoni Ntregka M.Eng. (2012) National Technical University Athens (Greece)

Alice Paladini M. Sc. (2019) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Daphne Roels M.Sc. (2014) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Benedetto Soriani M.Sc. (2008) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Bjorn Van Genechten Ph.D. (2009) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Lore Van Meerbeek M. Sc. (2017) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Aziliz Vandesande M. Sc. (2012) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Ona Vileikis Ph.D. (2018) Raymond Leimaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven (Belgium)

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) program

Carolina Abril Guest Researcher (2014), in collaboration with the Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador)

Luis Bello Caballero Guest Researcher (2016), in collaboration with the Universidad de Oriente (Santiago, Cuba)

Visiting Junior Professors and researchers

Dr. Luigi Barazzetti (2017, 2019) Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Dr. William Megarry (2019). Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

Clara Rellensmann PhD (2017) Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany)

Research Interests

Dr. Santana’s research interest involves the digital advancement workflows for recording buildings in 3D with a high resolution of detail; this is essential for better characterizing existing buildings and implementing tailored rehabilitation, adaptive use, maintenance and sustainability approaches. Besides, the development of guidelines, specifications and protocols for the improvement of heritage information in the conservation process. As well as to design approaches for handling, storing and presenting large volumes of data generated from the heritage information-gathering activities.

In the framework of ongoing research, the following tracks have been developed by graduate and undergraduate students:

Research track (1): Building Digitalization: research objectives focus on developing techniques for capturing (or mapping) detailed physical characteristics of historic structures. Trainees will carry out research using terrestrial and low-cost aerial surveying (e.g. 3D scanning, thermal photography and photogrammetry), building information modelling (BIM), coupling life cycle assessment with BIM, real-time simulation, geographic information system (GIS), scene and motion capture, as well as possible augmented reality applications. The outcome of this research can be the cornerstone in the development of the methodology for rehabilitation, whether the collected information is used in the present for maintenance or for ensuring a posterity record in case of destruction. This track involves the development of rigorous research-intensive approaches that might also serve for a broader purpose: over time, and it may become the primary means by which experts and the public capture a site that has since changed radically or been destroyed.

Research track (2): Building Sustainability Simulation: research objectives focus on building simulation to assess the impact of design, rehabilitation and retrofit options using computer-assisted approaches. This track goes beyond the research from modelling heritage buildings to assess the potential for cost-effective retrofits to achieve long-term sustainability. Required interventions (new materials, design retrofits, etc.) that consider deep energy retrofit in order to safeguard both environmental and heritage values will be investigated. The outcome of this research has permitted to employ appropriate interventions that prevent both the damage to architectural heritage elements and slow the accelerated decay of existing buildings. Proposed methodologies applied to assess operating energy use, embodied energy, the potential impact on the heritage of energy efficiency-based interventions, the adaptation of energy and green building rating systems, etc.

Research track (3): Building Rehabilitation: this track focuses on building condition assessments (building envelope, materials deterioration and structural integrity), designing monitoring strategies and the implementation of effective rehabilitation mitigation strategies for their conservation. This track involves the development of innovative approaches for the timely identification of decay, deterioration, and mitigation of defects, to help prevent significant consequential damage. Systems based techniques such as the use of standardized condition terminology and graphic representation, modelling and analysis (identification of types of deterioration, determination of load paths, collapse through stability or strength), finite element modelling, macro and micro modelling, geometric considerations, and material heterogeneity will be utilized. Another critical component of this module is monitoring the effect of using new materials in the rehabilitation of existing buildings, mainly where new materials are considered for strengthening the structure. This is a new area, both from materials perspective as well as its use and monitoring of its compatibility.

Furthermore, exploring engineering monitoring systems will enable public authorities, owners and site managers to ascertain that maintenance is carried out regularly. This research track will also bridge with tracks 1 and 2, specifically in need of a systematic collection of information during the regular inspections (monitoring of the state of repair) as it becomes possible to compare and monitor the constructional condition of the cultural heritage “stock.” As part of the outcome of the investigations, statistical data can also be used as a management tool.

Research track (4): Ethics for Heritage Recording Specialist developing and implementing workflows for acquiring information relevant to the rehabilitation and conservation of heritage places. This track builds on the research conducted at the Getty Conservation Institute. It seeks to develop a framework for this professional field.

 Representative Publications

  • Costamagna, E. Santana Quintero, M. Bianchini, N. Mendes, N.  Lourenco, P. Su, S. Min, Y.  Min, A. Advanced non-destructive techniques for the diagnosis of historic buildings: the Loka-Hteik-Pan temple in Bagan (2019), Journal of Cultural Heritage (In Press) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2019.09.006
  • Gutland, M. Bucking, S. Santana Quintero, M., Assessing Durability of Historic Masonry Walls with Calibrated Energy Models and Hygrothermal Modelling, International Journal of Architectural Heritage, DOI 10.1080/15583058.2019.1618976
  • Shepperd, J. Gray, C.  Santana Quintero, M. Guest Editors’ Note. APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology: Special Issue on Documentation, vol. 68, no. 4/4, 2017, pp. 4.
  • Santana Quintero, M. Georgopoulos, A. Stylianide, E. Lerma, J. CIPA’s Mission: Digitally Documenting Cultural Heritage. APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology: Special Issue on Documentation, vol. 68, no. 4/4, 2017, pp. Shepperd, J. Gray, C.  Santana Quintero, M. Guest Editors’ Note .” APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology, vol. 68, no. 4/4, 2017, pp. 4.
  • Myers, D. Santana Quintero, M. Introduction, Special Issue: Cultural heritage inventory systems for posterity and conservation, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol 6 No 2, 2016, Emerald, ISSN: 2044-1266
  • Ace, D., Marrs, J., Santana Quintero, M., Barazzetti, L., Demas, M., Friedman, L., Roby, T., Chamberlain, M., Duong, M., and Awad, R.: DOCUMENTING NEA PAPHOS FOR CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT, ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., IV-2/W6, 1–8, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-2-W6-1-2019, 2019.
  • Brzezicki, F., Ansara, R. R., Awad, R., Santana Quintero, M., Abdulac, S., Lavenir, M.-L., Tung, B., Ristevski, J., and Pelletier, M.: PROJECT ANQA: PRESENTING THE BUILT HERITAGE OF DAMASCUS, SYRIA THROUGH DIGITALLY-ASSISTED STORYTELLING, ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., IV-2/W6, 31–38, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-2-W6-31-2019, 2019.
  • 3Reina Ortiz, M., Weigert, A., Dhanda, A., Yang, C., Smith, K., Min, A., Gyi, M., Su, S., Fai, S., and Santana Quintero, M.: A THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK FOR MULTI-SCALE DOCUMENTATION OF DECORATED SURFACE, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W15, 973–980, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W15-973-2019, 201
  • Reina Ortiz, M., Yang, C., Weigert, A., Dhanda, A., Min, A., Gyi, M., Su, S., Fai, S., and Santana Quintero, M.: INTEGRATING HETEROGENEOUS DATASETS IN HBIM OF DECORATED SURFACES, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W15, 981–988, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W15-981-2019, 2019.
  • Reina Ortiz, M., Weigert, A., Dhanda, A., Yang, C., Smith, K., Min, A., Gyi, M., Su, S., Fai, S., and Santana Quintero, M.: A THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK FOR MULTI-SCALE DOCUMENTATION OF DECORATED SURFACE, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W15, 973–980, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W15-973-2019, 2019.
  • Tse, D., Paladini, A., Dhanda, A., Weigert, A., Reina Ortiz, M., Santana Quintero, M., Min, A., Gyi, M., and Su, S.: CONSERVING BUILT HERITAGE FOR POSTERITY: A CONSERVATION APPROACH IN BAGAN, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W15, 1179–1185, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W15-1179-2019, 2019.
  • Santana Quintero, M., Fai, S., Smith, L., Duer, A., and Barazzetti, L.: ETHICAL FRAMEWORK FOR HERITAGE RECORDING SPECIALISTS APPLYING DIGITAL WORKFLOWS FOR CONSERVATION, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W15, 1063–1070, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W15-1063-2019, 2019.

Graduate Student Openings

Graduate students (MASc, M.A. (Architecture) or PhD) with a background in conservation of built heritage, 3D modeling, civil engineering, building science are needed to pursue research in the listed research tracks. Please contact Prof. Santana if you have the above background and are interested in researching these tracks. Co-supervision by another professor in CEE, Architecture or another department (e.g., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) is also a possibility. The right candidates will be given the opportunity to work on important problems with significant impact on industry, the opportunity to work with industry partners, and competitive compensation. Along with opportunities to work abroad in hands-on international projects.