Canada has close to 25,000 properties designated as architectural heritage sites. In addition, over 200,000 sites are listed on heritage inventories with an average of 2,000 properties being added each year. There is a growing demand for qualified specialists to shepherd these valuable cultural resources. Building on Carleton’s already established international reputation for excellence in this field, the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation augments the existing professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) with a focus on architectural conservation. PhD and Master of Architectural Studies (MAS) students may also pursue the Diploma.
In the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism diploma program, students engage important resources at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), a centre dedicated to state-of-the-art and hybrid forms of representation. Among other efforts, CIMS is currently involved the creating a dynamic web-based exhibition on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, developing the Cultural Diversity and Material Imagination in Canadian Architecture (CDMICA) project, assisting the Parliamentary Precinct Rehabilitation effort, and preparing architectural drawings for the earthen Kasbah de Taourirt in Ouarzazate, Morocco. Along with professional and research links to key government agencies, including Parks Canada and Heritage Canada, Carleton’s program in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering and the Master in Heritage Conservation in the Department of Canadian Studies provide important sites for scholarly exchange and material support.